Change of Command – PAF

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman took over the command of Pakistan Air Force in a prestigious ceremony held on March 18, 2015 at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. During the ceremony, outgoing Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, formally handed over the “Command Sword” to the newly appointed Chief of Air Staff and also decorated him with ranks of Air Chief Marshal. While speaking on the occasion, the outgoing CAS said, “The last three years were full of challenges; operationally, we were also in a period that needed continuity and thorough consolidation, to materialize the hard work done by my predecessors in planning and starting the induction of various modern capabilities. While the responses to external challenges, in complete synergy with other services, are well in place, the PAF has also been able to exploit its enhanced capabilities to play an extremely important role in supporting our valiant ground forces in their Law Enforcement operations. The Air Chief further said, “With the beginning of production of JF-17 Block-II aircraft, the programme is well on its way with minor variations and aircraft has already been inducted in Combat Commander School to fully realize its potential as a modern platform. Government’s consent is on its way to initiate process of configuration negotiations for JF-17 Block-III aircraft as well.” He further added, “The harmony and synergy amongst the three services as well as the understanding of each other’s problems is better than ever before. The joint efforts exhibited during relief and rescue operations or the on-going Zarb-e-Azb certainly augurs well for making the defence of our homeland impregnable.”

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