In statement issued here a day before his superannuation, Air Chief Marshal Browne said: "It is with an immense sense of pride and satisfaction that I relinquish the command of the Indian Air Force. More than forty one years of memorable association with the finest set of professional air warriors in the world has indeed been a matter of singular honour for me and a unique experience which I shall forever cherish."
He said that during his 29-month-long tenure, the IAF had collectively braved and overcome many multi-dimensional transformational challenges.
"Our organizational resilience, strong team work and pride in the service were the prime determinants of our remarkable progress. Operationally, we have made significant gains in our capability enhancement plans. The streamlined induction and speedy operationalisation of our new assets like Mi-17 v5, C-130J, Pilatus PC-7 and C-17 aircraft have afforded us unprecedented response capabilities," he said.
"Not only did we amply demonstrate these newly acquired capabilities during the two major Air Force Exercises - Ex- Iron Fist and Ex-Live Wire, but these force accretions have in fact helped us in adding significant value to our disaster relief efforts. Our prompt and cohesive response in the wake of Uttarakhand floods helped us in saving precious lives and this achievement must serve as a matter of pride and inspiration for all of us," he added.
"Our competent handling of major maintenance and training challenges, as well as the notable progress made in other key areas like infrastructure upgradation, security and cohesion enhancing initiatives has already started yielding positive dividends. Our progress so far has been hard earned, hence it mandates us to relentlessly maintain the tempo and continue raising the bar even further," Air Chief Marshal Browne said.
Stating that he was proud of the collective achievements of the air warriors, and confident about them taking the IAF growth story resolutely forward, Air Chief Marshal Browne said: "It is heartening to see the IAF's vision of "People first mission always" permeating down to the last man in the chain. The sense of ownership and pride which was so evident during all my interactions with you, gives me a keen sense of reassurance in our future ahead."
He urged the IAF to continue the good work with pride, integrity and a sense of belonging and stay grounded to core values.
"We have been very fortunate to have inherited from our predecessors, a rich legacy of professionalism, pioneering spirit and sacrifice, and only by persisting with these time honoured traditions, can we truly express our gratitude to them," he concluded.
--ANI (Posted on 31-12-2013)