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NDA takes pride in Wing Commander Abhinandan

PUNE: A ‘morally upright’ and courageous’ air pressure cadet right from his days on the academy is how the National Defence Academy (NDA) on Friday described Wing Commander Abhinandan Simhakutty Varthaman.

The officer’s fighter jet was shot down over PoK on Wednesday while chasing some of the F-16 fighters of PAF which had entered Indian airspace. He was launched by Pakistan on Friday night.

“The Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot has executed the NDA proud by dwelling as much as the academy’s motto of ‘Seva Paramo Dharma’ (Service is the highest faith),” NDA’s deputy commandant Rear Admiral SK Grewal instructed NewsTread on Friday.

Wing Commander Abhinandan was a part of the 104th course of the ‘India’ squadron on the NDA. His divisional officer on the academy recalled that he was a provider orientated cadet.

“He was a contented trainee stuffed with ‘josh’ always. He would actively take part in all actions. He was courageous right from his days on the NDA,” the government said.

“He has been an atypical fighter pilot right from the academy days. As an air pressure cadet, his flying records had been excellent, and he had maintained a an identical efficiency in the air pressure academy too,” a senior IAF officer, who worked with the officer, instructed TOI.

Another IAF officer said the officer was disillusioned when he misplaced a detailed pal and direction mate Wing Commander Sahil Gandhi, a fighter pilot of IAF’s Surya Kiran aerobatic workforce, who was killed in an airplane crash on February 19 throughout the rehearsal for the Aero India display in Bengaluru.

Wing Commander Abhinandan’s valour has inspired cadets training on the air pressure academy at Dundigal close to Hyderabad, the government said .

A cadet from the academy instructed NewsTread over the phone, “His highest order of professionalism is commendable. He has turn into a source of inspiration for us. He has set a benchmark which we would like to emulate. He is a real air warrior.”

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