Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh took his last breathes on Saturday. He was 98-year-old. The Ministry of Defense told that he lost his lives in Army’s Research and Referral Hospital. He was immediately taken to the hospital to undergo treatment after he suffered heart attack.
He used to live along with his son and a daughter. His wife had passed away in 2011. President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Aran Jaitley, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Chief Spokesperson of Congress Randeep Singh Surjewala expressed condolences over Singh’s demise.
When Arjan Singh was made the Chief of the Air Force, he was only 44 years old at that time and the Indian Air Force’s command for the first time after independence was in his hands.
After the promotion of Air Commodore’s rank in 1949, Singh took charge of the Air Officer Commanding of Operational wing. This wing later became the Western Command. AoC was promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal Singh in Operation Command.
At the conclusion of the India-China war in 1962, he was made deputy chief of the Air Force and the next year he became Vice Chief of the Air Force. He was Chief of the Indian Air Force till July 15, 1969. He was the first Air Force Chief to maintain his flight status till the Air Force Chief rank.
In 2016, Air Force Station Panagadh was renamed as Air Force Station, Arjan Singh.