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Ministry of Defence
07-December-2011 17:37 IST
Air Chief Revisits his Old Squadron on its Diamond Jubilee

Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, Chief of the Air Staff and Air Marshal DC Kumaria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command revisited their old Jaguar Squadron based at Ambala as it celebrated, sixty glorious years on 06th December 2011.

The Air Chief was on a two day visit to the base, home to 14 Squadron christened as the ‘The Bulls’ in the Indian Air Force in 1951. Accompanied by Mrs. Kiran Browne, President AFWWA, they were received by Air Marshal DC Kumaria and Air Commodore PN Kaushik Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Ambala. He was presented with a Guard of Honour followed by wreath laying at the station War Memorial, the ‘Frozen Tears’. The day saw the members of 14 Squadron, past and present get together and share the nostalgia.

The day also saw a book titled ‘Illustrious History of 14 Squadron’ unveiled by the Air Chief. A First Day Cover was also released by him to commemorate the occasion.

Completing sixty years, the Squadron was inducted with Charging Bulls as its insignia. With “Balam Jayaya” as its motto the Squadron, had Spitfires as its steed, which continued with it, till 1957. With the progress into the jet age, the Squadron was first equipped with Vampires and later by 1959 with Hunters as well. The Squadron received President Colours in 1984 for its meritorious service to the nation.

The Squadron was the first to be equipped with the state of the art Jaguar aircraft in 1979. Air Chief Marshal Browne and Air Marshal Kumaria were also a part of the initial core team which trained on the Jaguar aircraft in the United Kingdom.