Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in his maiden visit to Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday called on Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu amid his visit to airbases and advance landing grounds in Eastern Air Command.

“CAS Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria is on a two-day visit to airbases and Advance Landing Grounds in Eastern Air Command. CAS called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) BD Mishra as well as Chief Minister Pema Khandu,” IAF tweeted.

Issues pertaining to national security, recruitment of the state’s youth into the force and the IAF’s humanitarian missions in Arunachal was discussed during the meeting.

The Chief of Air Staff has assured full support of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to Arunachal Pradesh whenever required.

The IAF chief assured Khandu of providing Defence pilots to meet the shortage of pilots for fixed-wing civilian aircraft to be operated in the state, an official statement said.

While extending gratitude to the IAF Chief Bhadauria, Pema Khandu said Indian Air Force has always been at the forefront in extending humanitarian assistance to Arunachal Pradesh.

“A great honour to have Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC in Arunachal today. @IAF_MCC has always been at the forefront in extending humanitarian assistance to our state. I am grateful to Chief of Air Staff on his assurance for more such assistance,” CM Khandu tweeted.

Earlier in the day, CAS visited forward areas in Sikkim sector and interacted with senior officers and personnel deployed there.