In a significant moment for the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Chief of Air Staff unveiled the revised IAF flag on Saturday, reflecting a historic occasion and embodying the evolving principles of the organization.
The new IAF flag features the Air Force Crest positioned in the upper right corner towards the end of the flag. This emblem prominently displays the national emblem, the Ashoka lion, accompanied by the phrase “satyamev jayate” inscribed in Devanagari script just below it.
Below the Ashoka lion, a majestic eagle from the Himalayas, with wings outstretched, symbolizes the IAF’s resolute nature. Encircling the eagle is a light blue ring with the inscription “Indian Air Force” in Devanagari. The IAF’s motto, “Nav Sparsh Diptam,” sourced from the Bhagavad Gita, translates to “Radiant Thou Touchest Heaven” or “Touching the sky with glory.”
The evolution of the IAF ensign is notable. Initially, it featured the Union Jack in the upper left canton and the RIAF roundel (Red, White, and Blue) on the fly side. Post-Independence, the ensign underwent a transformation, replacing the Union Jack with the Indian tricolor and the RAF roundels with the IAF tri-color roundel in the lower right canton.
The updated flag symbolizes the IAF’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the nation’s airspace and upholding its proud legacy, all while embracing contemporary advancements.