Air Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM, AVSM, VM, assumed the charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff on 1 January, 2011. Formerly Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief ,Western Air Command, the largest and the most vital operational command of the IAF, his tenure was marked by a number of joint exercises with the Army’s affiliated Northern, Western and South Western Commands, including Exercise Yodha Shakti in May 2010. He supervised the first ever fixed wing aircraft landing (of an AN-32) at Nyoma, Advance Landing Ground at a height of 13,300 ft on 18 September 2009. He also oversaw Op Leh, the massive disaster relief effort during unprecedented floods in Leh region, August 2010, involving 295 sorties to airlift 550 tonnes of relief material and approximately 400 passengers including 120 foreign tourists and locals stranded in the floods.
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