Kibithu, November 6: In order to take stock of the defence preparedness Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the army posts and Air Force base in Eastern Frontier of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday. Addressing the troops at Kibithu, Defence Minister Sitharaman lauded their dedication to the service and their efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is on her two-day visit, accompanied by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Command Lt Gen Abhay Krishna and other senior Army officers.
As part of the visit the Raksha Mantri also visited the important Eastern air base of Chabua, where she was received by Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar VM, Senior Air Staff Officer HQ Eastern Air Command, and Air Commodore George Thomas VM, AOC, Air Force Station Chabua.
The Defence Minister took stock of the operational preparedness and infrastructure development at the base, the release said. The strategic base presented a static display of the combat assets to the minister, which included the Sukhoi 30MKI fighter aircraft and advanced missiles. She also interacted with Air Force personnel there.
Prior to this visit to the forward army and Air Force bases, Defence Minister visited Bomdilla and Itanagar where she attended the inauguration ceremony of the Buddha Mahotsav 2017 and called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar. Minister Sitharaman inaugurated the Buddha Mahatsava at Bomdila in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and held a security meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Itanagar.