Air Marshal on two-day visit to review operational tasks

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 28 Mei 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: Air Marshal AP Garud, Air Officer commanding-in-chief, Southern Air Command accompanied by his wife Sulochana, president AFWWA (R) SAC, was on a two-day visit to Mumbai on May 20.

He visited the Headquarter Maritime Air Operations (HQMAO) based at Mumbai this morning. During the course of the visit he reviewed the progress on various operational tasks of HQ MAO.

He was apprised of the improved coordination with the Indian Navy, resulting in synergy in securing the maritime frontier of the country. He was also apprised of the various air operations and exercises conducted in the recent past including the path breaking involvement of the maritime elements of the Indian Air Force during Ex-TROPEX 2014.

HQ MAO is tasked with coordination of Maritime Air Operations of the Indian Air Force. The Headquarter MAO is based in Mumbai and was previously under the control of Gandhinagar based South-Western Air Command of IAF. It was placed under Southern Air Command on April 1, 2009.

Air Marshal Arun Purushottam Garud, an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasala, was commissioned into the helicopter stream of the IAF on 29 December, 1976. The Air Marshal has flown in excess of 6,100 hours on various helicopters and training aircraft in his career spanning over 37 years.

He is a qualified flying instructor and has held various command and staff appointments during the course of his illustrious career. He has also served as the inspector general (Air) BSF and director general inspection and flight safety at Air Headquarters. Sulochana Garud interacted with all Sanginis of Air Warriors posted to HQ MAO.

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