National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 26 December 2017
A team comprising five IAF mountaineers, led by Gp Capt RC Tripathi, in the early hours of 26 Dec 17, has successfully scaled Mt Vinson in Antarctica, thus completing the assigned Mission. With the successful ascent of Mt Vinson, the IAF added another feather to its cap, by becoming the first organisation in India to achieve this unique feat.
The expedition to Mt Vinson was flagged off by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, on 08 Dec 17 in a befitting ceremony.
IAF has promoted adventure activities among its personnel. In 2011, a women’s expedition scaled Mt Everest successfully and in 2017 a joint IAF-BSF women camel expedition covered 1386 Km distance along western border in 47 days. IAF is also committed to the cause of environment and in Sep this year, IAF expedition to Mt Stok Kangri, restored the environment at base camp.
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