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Air Commodore Annaswami Sridharan

Service No & Branch 4761 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Jul 1954 Course: 63 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 1989 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jul 1955Flt Lt : 17 Jul 1959Sqn Ldr : 17 Jul 1965Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1974
Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1978Acting Air Cmde : 06 Apr 1981
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195225 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 1985
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1968 - Sqn LdrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Flight Commander
31 Jul 1971 - 30 Apr 1972Wg CdrNo.221 Squadron Commanding Officer
13 May 1972 - 30 Jun 1974Wg CdrTactics and Combat Development EstablishmentJamnagar Commandant
01 Apr 1978 - 21 Aug 1979Gp Capt14 WingChabua Station Commander
21 Aug 1979 - 03 Apr 1981Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi JDPO
03 Aug 1981 - 29 Jan 1984Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi Director (Air Staff Inspection)
10 Feb 1984 - 23 Dec 1984Air CmdeCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Deputy Commandant
01 Jan 1986 - 28 Feb 1989Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Mention in Despatches
Sqn LdrAnnaswami Sridharan4761 GD(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1966
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
Unit :
Reference : Gazette of India , 5th November 1966 - No.77 - Pres/66 dated 27th October 1966
Vayu Sena Medal
Sqn LdrAnnaswami Sridharan4761 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1971
Details :

Squadron Leader Annaswami Sridharan was posted to an operational unit whose role was to train pilots on a new type of supersonic aircraft. He was the only Flight Commander in the unit qualified to undertake this task. He had to devise the entire training syllabus and programme, prepare orders and operating procedures. He flew on an average four instructional sorties daily, in addition to conducting ground lectures and training of pilots under conversion. He worked beyond the call of duty regularly, and was successful in converting pilots on to the new and sophisticated aircraft.

Throughout, Squadron Leader Annaswami Sridharan displayed initiative, drive and processional skill.

Unit : 101 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 4th September 1971 - No.53 - Pres/71 dated 26th January 1971
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptAnnaswami Sridharan4761 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1981Announced 26 Jan 1981
Details :

Group Captain Annaswami Sridharan was commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Air Force in July, 1954. He has held various responsible posts in which he acquitted himself creditably. As a pilot, he has maintained a very high professional level throughout and has held various important jobs including those of Flight Commander, Commanding Officer of a S-22 Squadron and Officer Command ing Tactics and Combat Development and Training Establishment. He also went for an instructional tenure abroad.

In April, 1978, he took over the Command of a station in the Eastern Sector which coincided with the induction of Supersonic Fighter Squadron to the Station. It was a transport base and required re­orientation of the facilities and environment for the new aircraft. He undertook the task and despite innumerable difficulties succeeded in reorienting the air and ground environment needed for the fighter squadron within a short time. By his able leadership, he organised the whole Station to function as a cohesive and well knit unit. He also supervised all the transport operations from his base and achieved the flying task of fighters and transport units simultaneously maintaining a high degree of flight safety environment. Through his personal involvement by frequently leading tactical missions himself he inspired the pilots at the Station to achieve high standard of professionalism. He gradually achieved this goal and the same was proved when, at the Inter Squadron gunnery meet held in November, 1978, the squadron based at his Station won the Over All Trophy and Rocket Projectile Trophy.

In the field of Maintenance, he ensured the serviceability of all specialist and commonuser vehicles and aircraft. His all round high administrative performance is evident from the fact that, among other things, he took particular care to provide basic needs of accommodation, transport and other amenities to his men at the station. This ensured high morale among his men at the Station and also contributed directly to the operational preparedness of his unit.

Group Captain Annaswamy Sridharan has thus rendered distinguished, service of exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19810126
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