Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari took over as the Vice Chief of Air Staff on July 1. He has succeeded Air Marshal HS Arora in the position. Arora retired after nearly 40 years of service on June 30.
WHO IS VIVEK CHAUDHARI?
Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on December 29 in 1982. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College in Wellington.
The officer has flying experience of more than 3,800 hours on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, including missions flown during Operation Meghdoot and Operation Safed Sagar.
Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, assumed the appointment of Vice Chief of the Air Staff today. Commissioned into the Flying Branch of IAF in Dec 1982, he has a rich experience of flying on fighter and trainer aircraft of IAF.
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) July 1, 2021
During his illustrious career in the IAF, the officer has commanded a frontline fighter squadron and a fighter base.
As an Air Vice Marshal, he has served as Deputy Commandant at the Air Force Academy, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence) and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers). He has also held the coveted appointments of Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer at Eastern Air Command. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Air Command.
AIR MARSHAL HS ARORA’S TENURE
To mark his retirement, Air Marshal HS Arora was presented with the ceremonial Guard of Honour at Air Headquarters. He also took part in the wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial.
During his tenure as Vice Chief of Air Staff, he was instrumental in ensuring prompt and optimum operational deployment of assets in proportionate response to the developing situation in Eastern Ladakh.
Under his guidance, the IAF also effectively contributed towards various Covid-related tasks, both within India and abroad.