Nirmala Sitharaman flies in IAF’s Sukhoi 30 MKI

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After the sortie, defence minister Sitharaman said it was “eye-opening and memorable”.



Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday undertook a sortie in the IAF’s frontline combat jet Sukhoi 30 MKI from the air base in Jodhpur.

The country’s first woman defence minister sat in the rear seat behind the pilot and was wearing the pilot’s G-suit. “She is reviewing the operational preparedness and combat capabilities,” defence sources said.



“Very proud and thankful that I’ve gone through this experience because it actually tells me with what rigor, practice, what level of readiness and how quickly they (defence personnel) have to respond to situations. It was eye-opening and memorable,” said Sitharaman after the sortie.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india...khoi-30-mki/story-M7B422NVmKHDLk7c8EXOJI.html

This is what I wished a few days ago! And it's happened!
 

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I have high hopes from her. I'd be really pissed if she doesn't deliver.
 

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I don't understand these rides, she will not provide any technical input or moral boost to the forces. If she has to ride something she needs to ride ageing fighter planes.
 

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I don't understand these rides, she will not provide any technical input or moral boost to the forces. If she has to ride something she needs to ride ageing fighter planes.
Actually it increases morale. Meeting the men/women on the ground & seeing & praising their work first hand works extremely well for soldiers' morale. There was a reason the two Bush would wear flight suits & our own CAPF have seen such an increase in capabilities under Rajnath Singh. It was this neglect to meet the troops on ground (& MOD officials too) that made Mulayam one of the worst Defence Minister ever.
 

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Actually it increases morale. Meeting the men/women on the ground & seeing & praising their work first hand works extremely well for soldiers' morale. There was a reason the two Bush would wear flight suits & our own CAPF have seen such an increase in capabilities under Rajnath Singh. It was this neglect to meet the troops on ground (& MOD officials too) that made Mulayam one of the worst Defence Minister ever.
Dont compare Bush with Indian netas.

Whatever he was..he served in Vietnam flying jets.

26 US presidents served in the military.

Here is a list:-

George Washington
General and Commander in Chief, Continental Army
1775-1783
Thomas Jefferson
Colonel, Virginia Militia
1770-1779
James Madison
Colonel, Virginia Militia
1775-1781
James Monroe
Major, Continental Army
1775-1778
Andrew Jackson
Major General, U.S. Army
1814-1821
William Henry Harrison
Major General, Kentucky Militia
1812-1814
John Tyler
Captain, Virginia Militia
1812
James K. Polk
Colonel, Tennessee Militia
1821
Zachary Taylor
Major General, U.S. Army
1805-1815, 1816-1849
Millard Fillmore
Major, Union Continentals (home guard)
1861
Franklin Pierce
Brigadier General, New Hampshire Militia
1846-1848
James Buchanan
Private, Pennsylvania Militia
1814
Abraham Lincoln
Captain, Illinois Militia
1832
Andrew Johnson
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1862-1865
Ulysses S. Grant
General, U.S. Army
1866-1869
Rutherford B. Hayes
Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1865
James A. Garfield
Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1863
Chester A. Arthur
Brigadier General, New York Militia
1858-1863
Benjamin Harrison
Brevet Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1862-1865
William McKinley
Brevet Major, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1865
Theodore Roosevelt
Colonel, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1898
Harry S. Truman
Colonel, Army Officer Reserve Corps
1919-1945
Dwight D. Eisenhower
General of the Army, U.S. Army
1915-1948, 1951-1952
John F. Kennedy
Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve
1941-1945
Lyndon B. Johnson
Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1940-1964
Richard M. Nixon
Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1942-1966
Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1942-1946
Jimmy Carter
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
1946-1953
Ronald Reagan
Captain, U.S. Army
1942-1945
George Bush
Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Navy
1942-1945
George W. Bush
First Lieutenant, Texas Air National Guard
1968-1973


I cannot think of any Indian prime minister having spent even 6 months in the Army or even their children having done any national duty in uniform.

These all are joyrides and bucket lists for any human being.

I am sure next one will be submarine ride.
 

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Dont compare Bush with Indian netas.

Whatever he was..he served in Vietnam flying jets.

26 US presidents served in the military.

Here is a list:-

George Washington
General and Commander in Chief, Continental Army
1775-1783
Thomas Jefferson
Colonel, Virginia Militia
1770-1779
James Madison
Colonel, Virginia Militia
1775-1781
James Monroe
Major, Continental Army
1775-1778
Andrew Jackson
Major General, U.S. Army
1814-1821
William Henry Harrison
Major General, Kentucky Militia
1812-1814
John Tyler
Captain, Virginia Militia
1812
James K. Polk
Colonel, Tennessee Militia
1821
Zachary Taylor
Major General, U.S. Army
1805-1815, 1816-1849
Millard Fillmore
Major, Union Continentals (home guard)
1861
Franklin Pierce
Brigadier General, New Hampshire Militia
1846-1848
James Buchanan
Private, Pennsylvania Militia
1814
Abraham Lincoln
Captain, Illinois Militia
1832
Andrew Johnson
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1862-1865
Ulysses S. Grant
General, U.S. Army
1866-1869
Rutherford B. Hayes
Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1865
James A. Garfield
Major General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1863
Chester A. Arthur
Brigadier General, New York Militia
1858-1863
Benjamin Harrison
Brevet Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1862-1865
William McKinley
Brevet Major, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1861-1865
Theodore Roosevelt
Colonel, U.S. Army (Volunteers)
1898
Harry S. Truman
Colonel, Army Officer Reserve Corps
1919-1945
Dwight D. Eisenhower
General of the Army, U.S. Army
1915-1948, 1951-1952
John F. Kennedy
Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve
1941-1945
Lyndon B. Johnson
Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1940-1964
Richard M. Nixon
Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1942-1966
Gerald R. Ford, Jr.
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Naval Reserve
1942-1946
Jimmy Carter
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
1946-1953
Ronald Reagan
Captain, U.S. Army
1942-1945
George Bush
Lieutenant (junior grade), U.S. Navy
1942-1945
George W. Bush
First Lieutenant, Texas Air National Guard
1968-1973


I cannot think of any Indian prime minister having spent even 6 months in the Army or even their children having done any national duty in uniform.

These all are joyrides and bucket lists for any human being.

I am sure next one will be submarine ride.
George W. Bush was no hero of war like his Dad .
 

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Still went to Vietnam..unlike others who are all talk but would never send their own children in the line of fire.
No he didn't. He was in national gaurd & got a special exemption from serving in Vietnam (most of his cabinet did so). Even then he went AWOL & was saved by his father's influence.
And politicians don't need to have served in armed forces to increase the morale of men in uniform. Visiting them on the frontlines is a good way to do it. The other is making sure that they good quality gear on time. There are many more but these two are most basic imho
 

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No he didn't. He was in national gaurd & got a special exemption from serving in Vietnam (most of his cabinet did so). Even then he went AWOL & was saved by his father's influence.
And politicians don't need to have served in armed forces to increase the morale of men in uniform. Visiting them on the frontlines is a good way to do it. The other is making sure that they good quality gear on time. There are many more but these two are most basic imho
Without having done any military training just going there to eat chai pakora doesnt help any soldier.

Bush was a military pilot...something no Indian neta could be.
 

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Without having done any military training just going there to eat chai pakora doesnt help any soldier.

Bush was a military pilot...something no Indian neta could be.
The 1st paragraph we could disagree on.
As for thr 2nd, no Bush wasn't a military pilot. He was in Texas air national gaurd only to escape the draft to Vietnam.
 

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