The Indian Air Force has renamed its Panagarh airbase in West Begal after Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh, who turned 97 on Friday, a defence statement said.
The renaming was announced by IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Thursday evening at a function to felicitate Arjan Singh, the statement said.
At the age of 44, Arjan Singh took over the IAF in the rank of air marshal on August 1, 1964 and became the first Indian to lead the force in conflict when the India - Pakistan War broke out in 1965. He served as chief of air staff till July 15, 1969.
After retirement, he was envoy to Switzerland and Kenya and lt. governor of Delhi. He was made marshal of air force in January 2002.