No.131 FAC Flight Airborne Pointers

Motto : Savage and Powerful
Date Raised : 1974-08-02 Location : Hindon
131 FAC Flight, one of the firsts of its kind, in terms of role, was established in 1974 at Pathankot. The first Commanding Officer was then Sqn Ldr MS Sekhon Vr C, SC, VM. The unit was established on the Bell-47G-3 and moved to udhampur in Sep 75. The first SAR mission flown by the unit was on 5 jan 75 on Z1085. The unit crest depicting a frontal view of a Cheetah has the unit's name that of Air Borne Pointers inscribed in a semi-circle. The Unit's motto that of 'Savage and Powerful' is related to the unit's all important role that of a FAC. By its accurate guidance to fighter aircraft on to the tgt, it assists in the destruction of enemy's Vas and VPs.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
02 Aug 74 to 02 May 77Squadron Leader Manjit Singh Sekhon6756 F(P)COPathankot/ Udhampur
03 May 77 to 30 May 79Squadron Leader Bertrand Joseph Vaz8418 F(P)COHalwara
31 May 79 to 03 Apr 80Squadron Leader Narender Paul Narang9728 F(P)COHalwara
04 Apr 80 to 29 Dec 81Squadron Leader Chiman Lal Bhasin9465 F(P)COHalwara
30 Dec 81 to 28 Mar 82Squadron Leader Anand Jaivanth Rao10512 F(P)COHalwara
29 Mar 82 to 08 Jul 84Wing Commander Charanjit Singh Sandhu5591 F(P)COHalwara
09 Jul 84 to 05 May 85Wing Commander Ram Singh9458 F(P)COHalwara
06 May 85 to 21 Jun 87Wing Commander Surinder Singh Bains11288 F(P)COHalwara
22 Jun 87 to 25 Jun 89Wing Commander Anand Jaivanth Rao10512 F(P)COHalwara
26 Jun 89 to 01 Nov 92Wing Commander Pradip Shrikrishna Behera11889 F(P)COHalwara
02 Nov 92 to 16 Jul 95Wing Commander Roderick Osbern Joseph Assey14108 F(P)COHalwara
17 Jul 95 to 28 Jun 98Wing Commander Ravindera Singh Mann15434 F(P)COHalwara/ Hindon
29 Jun 98 to 14 May 00Wing Commander Ritojit Mukherjee16410 F(P)COHindon
15 May 00 to 30 Jun 02Wing Commander Sreenivasa P Rao17172 F(P)COHindon
01 Jul 02 to 20 Jun 04Wing Commander Hemant Kumar Sachdeva17355 F(P)COHindon
21 Jun 04 to 20 Aug 06Wing Commander George Thomas17722 F(P)COHindon
21 Aug 06 to 19 Oct 08Wing Commander A K SinghCOHindon
24 Sep 12 to 31 Mar 14Wing Commander Nitin Anil Welde23193 F(P)COHindon
01 Apr 14 to 30 Nov 14Group Captain Nitin Anil Welde23193 F(P)COHindon

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