Friday, March 20, 2009

Air Marshal PV Naik to be next IAF chief

Air Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik has been appointed the next Chief of Air Staff (CAS). He takes office on May 31, with the retirement of incumbent chief Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major. Born on 22 Jul 1949, Air Marshal Naik was commissioned into the Air Force on 21 Jun 1969 as a Fighter Pilot. During his long distinguished service spanning nearly 40 years he has served in a variety of Command Staff and Instructional appointments. He has the distinction of 3085 hrs of flying to his credit. The Air Officer also took part in 1971 war. Before taking over as VCAS, he was Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Allahabad based Central Air Command. Besides being a fellow of the National Defence College, New Delhi, College of Defence Management, Secundrabad and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has attended a variety of courses like flying instructor Course, Jungle & Snow Survival, Junior Commanders Course. Air Marshal Naik was decorated with Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) and Vishist Seva Medal (VSM). He is one of the Honorary ADCs of the Supreme Commander.


Anonymous said...

According to his date of birth given in ur report Air Marshal Naik would retire on July/August 2009. is it ok to make him Chief for only 1-2 month?

Anonymous said...

Shiv this resume misses out his schooling.He was educated at Sainik School Satara where he was an outstanding student.From there he went on to join the 33 Course of NDA (H Sqn) and passed out as a Battalion Cadet Adjutant.He joins the COAS as the second officer from Sainik Schools to rise to the highest ranks(The COAS is a Kunjean - Sainik School Kunjpura).The brain child of Krishna Menon and his successor Yeshwantrao Chavan,Sainik Schools have certainly come of age.Let us hope they continue to deliver in accordance with their original charter.All the very best to Air Marshal PV Naik - the first 'Ajinkyan' to reach the summit!