Air Marshal Hemant Sharma,Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force, accompanied by Mrs Kusum Sharma, President of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) visited 5 Base Repair Depot, Sulur (Coimbatore) from July 11-13, 2018.
The AOC-in-C, on his maiden visit to 5 Base Repair Depot, Air Force Sulur, inspected various sections of the Base Repair Depot and expressed his appreciation over the high standards of professionalism displayed by each personnel in undertaking Air Force tasks. While addressing the personnel after the inspection, he exhorted them to ensure highest operational preparedness of the assets of IAF. Taking note of the progress made by the Depot in indigenising aircraft components, he urged the personnel to be determined and strive to indigenise more of such components, for greater self reliance of the country in defence products and to save foreign exchange. In the years 2015 and 2017 the Depot was appreciated by the Prime Minister for noteworthy accomplishments in indigenisation of aircraft components, which were being previously imported at higher costs. The AOC-in-C also visited the facilities put in place at 43 Wing, Air Force, for operating the Light Combat Aircraft procured by the IAF from HAL.
Mrs Kusum Sharma, President of AFWWA (R) interacted with the families of the Depot personnel and reviewed the welfare activities undertaken by the local body of Air Force Wives Welfare Association. Highlighting the importance of apt support of the family in a soldier's life, Mrs Sharma lauded the social harmony and sense of togetherness prevailing amongst families of airwarriors.