All stories by Air Commodore NITIN SATHE (Retd)
1971 War: Meet War Hero 'Keen Kumar'Rediff.com25 Mar 2021
'We airlifted army personnel wearing lungis to generally unused landing grounds.' 'We were told to keep quiet about what we did or saw.'
1971 War: A brave Dakota pilot's contributionRediff.com25 Mar 2021
'We flew all missions in the first part of the war at low levels; that is at 300 to 500 feet above the ground.' 'These sorties were no doubt stressful since the pilots and crew had to look out for birds and obstructions as well as enemy gunfire.'
When the IAF trained Pakistani pilots!Rediff.com17 Feb 2021
Air Commodore Nitin Sathe discovers how the IAF trained Pakistani air force pilots, during the 1971 War, which led to the birth of the Bangladesh air force.
'Gentlemen, we are at war!'Rediff.com19 Jan 2021
'I propose to finish it soon, but till then you all will ensure that we strike hard at our enemy.' 'I will not accept any shortcomings or cowardice.'
When Pakistan SURRENDERED to IndiaRediff.com9 Jan 2021
'There was plenty of pushing, pulling and jostling going on as everyone wanted to see what was going on at the table.'
'We helped the army tighten the noose around Dacca'Rediff.com9 Jan 2021
'Air Superiority that we held from the Second Day of Operation 'Cactus Lily' helped our Armed Forces to speed up operation 'Jackpot' to seize East Pakistan and force Gen Niazi and the Pakistani Army to lay down their arms on 16 December.'
The Tejas Is 20 Years Old!Rediff.com5 Jan 2021
On the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the Tejas, we must congratulate the entire team who made sure that the LCA flew and returned safely on January 4, 2001, sowing the seed for development of a state-of-the-art fighter airplane that our country so badly needed, says IAF veteran Air Commodore Nitin Sathe.
'The boys were so fired up to fight the enemy'Rediff.com24 Dec 2020
'One of the bullets grazed General Sagat's hand and one injured Flying Officer Sidhu in the leg.' 'The helicopter was quickly flown back to Agartala and after landing they found that the aircraft had been peppered with 38 bullet holes!'
How IAF choppers helped General Sagat liberate BangladeshRediff.com24 Dec 2020
The retreating Pakistani troops were heading towards Dacca and they had to be stopped at all costs. The Eastern Army Commander, in his orders to General Sagat Singh, had reiterated that he did not want the troops of 4 Corps to cross the Meghna river. But General Sagat had other plans to threaten Dacca and ensure that the pressure would make the Pakistani commanders capitulate. This is where the IAF helicopters came in.
China-Pak air exercise; Cause for worry?Rediff.com23 Dec 2020
'There is much to glean from such exercises. And make it known that we are ready to take them on together!', says Air Commodore Nition Sathe (retd).
'During the war, we reached 40 km into Pakistan'Rediff.com16 Dec 2020
'My brave JCO managed to get to the gun, sit on top of the dead man and fired away at the attacking aircraft till they melted away into the darkness.'
1971 War: When my dad trained the Mukti BahiniRediff.com11 Dec 2020
Dad had sneaked into East Pakistan (present day Bangladesh) well before the war had started for reconnaissance of the terrain on the other side. He had disguised himself as a driver of a truck laden with goods and traveled into East Pakistan to be received by the underground fighters of the Mukti Bahini.
Celebrating Heroes: Meet the IAF's first para rowerRediff.com3 Dec 2020
'I am grateful to God that I am alive and he has made me differently-abled for a greater cause,' says Wing Commander Shantanu.
Soni Somarajan's INSPIRING LIFERediff.com21 Nov 2020
It was Soni Somarajan's biggest dream -- to see himself as a proud member of the Indian Armed Forces. When Life brutally shattered that dream, he wove a new one.
Tsunami Memories: How we rebuilt the IAF's CarNic airbaseRediff.com5 Nov 2020
'Wanting to see the bright side of things, we always told ourselves, 'It could have been worse!', when the situation got tough.' Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd), who helped rebuild the IAF's Car Nicobar air base after the 2004 tsunami, recalls the devastation on United Nations World Tsunami Awareness Day.
How Mi-8 helped India's Operation CactusRediff.com3 Nov 2020
We salute the Mi-8 today on the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of Operation Cactus. Through its glorious service career, the Mi-8 left an indelible mark on the future by providing the IAF with a lineage of professional helicopter aircrew, says Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd).
The IAF Air Warrior Skydiver Who Made HistoryRediff.com21 Oct 2020
'I have only one life and that is enough.'
5 things I learnt from the IAFRediff.com8 Oct 2020
Air Commodore Nitin Sathe reveals what he learnt from the Indian Air Force, which he served for 35 years. An Air Force Day Special.
'Indian Navy is confident of rising to any challenge'Rediff.com21 Sep 2020
'The Indian Navy has sufficient combat power in areas of interest to India that can quickly scale up operations if the need arises.' 'This includes all the choke points leading into the Indian Ocean as also areas within.'
'Indian Navy will protect India's trade and economic interests'Rediff.com17 Sep 2020
'The Chinese navy is large and expanding both in numbers and capability by the day.' 'India too must take measures to safeguard its own interests, now and in the future.'