New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa today flew the last sortie of the ‘Hawkeyes’, bringing a glorious end to the reign of the T-96 aircraft, according to an official statement. Also Read - Republic Day 2021: Galwan Braveheart Col Santosh Babu Named For Mahavir Chakra

He is on a three-day visit to Air Force Station Nal in Rajasthan, one of the premier air bases operating the MiG-21 aircraft, from December 28. Also Read - Republic Day Parade 2021 App: Download and Watch Live Telecast of R-Day Parade, Track Traffic Routes

“Chief of the Air Staff…flew the last sortie of the ‘Hawkeyes’ thus bringing a glorious end to the reign of the T-96 aircraft, with the Squadron,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement. Also Read - Tejas Mark 1A-Lethal Punch for Enemy And A Symbol of Indian Technology

During the course of his visit, he addressed and interacted with the personnel of the station.

“During his address he emphasised on the importance of aerospace safety, its various aspects and stressed on the physical security of the base. The Chief congratulated and conveyed his best wishes to all personnel and their families for the New Year,” it said.

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