No.153 Helicopter Unit Daring Dragons

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1988-11-01
No 153 Helicopter Unit was raised at Air Force Station, Udhampur on 01 November 1988. Initially equipped with the Mi-17 helicopter, the Unit upgraded to the Mi-171V in February 2001 and then on to the Mi-17V5 in January 2014. In the period since its inception, 153 HU has actively participated in Operations Meghdoot, Pawan, Rakshak, Blizzard, Baruab, Sarpvinash, Rahat, to name a few. The Unit also took part in Operation Safed Sagar, flying extensively over the forbidding heights of Kargil and Dras. In recognition of its services, 153 HU was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff’s Citation in the year 2007 – one of the first Indian Air Force Units to be so awarded. The name and crest of the Daring Dragons draw inspiration from the mythical Ladakhi dragon since Ladakh is the main area of operations of the Unit.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
24 Nov 88 to 14 Jan 92Wing Commander Ram Mohan Shridharan12033 F(P)CO Udhampur
15 Jun 92 to 07 Jun 94Wing Commander Ram Karan Mahar13796 F(P)CO Udhampur
21 Jun 94 to 28 Jul 97Wing Commander Govindan Ajith Kumar Nair14677 F(P)CO Udhampur
28 Jul 97 to 21 Jun 99Wing Commander Karan Vir Singh Parmar15688 F(P)CO Udhampur
21 Jun 99 to 17 Jun 01Wing Commander Anup Kumar Prabhakaran16808 F(P)CO Udhampur
18 Jun 01 to 15 Jun 03Wing Commander Sachendra Pratap Singh Sisodiya17454 F(P)CO Udhampur
16 Jun 03 to 13 Nov 05Wing Commander Rajeev Kumar Chouhan18556 F(P)CO Udhampur
14 Nov 05 to 09 Sep 07Wing Commander Rajesh Puri19919 F(P)CO Udhampur
10 Sep 07 to 04 Oct 09Wing Commander ----------------99999 CO Udhampur
05 Oct 09 to 18 Sep 11Wing Commander ----------------99999 CO Udhampur
19 Sep 11 to 30 Jun 13Wing Commander ----------------99999 CO Udhampur
01 Jul 13 to 05 Sep 15Wing Commander ----------------99999 CO Udhampur
07 Sep 15 to 25 Dec 17Wing Commander ----------------99999 CO Udhampur
26 Dec 17 to Wing Commander ----------------99999 CO Udhampur

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