37 Wing


Date Raised : 1993-09-15 Location : Carnicobar
The IAF commenced operations at Car Nicobar in 1956 with the establishment of a Staging Post essentially for refuelling of aircraft flying logistics support missions from the mainland across the Bay of Bengal. The IAF extended the runway at Car Nicobar to nearly 9, feet in 1967. The first helicopter of the IAF, a Mi-8, was inducted at Car Nicobar in 1982 and was built up to a Flight strength by April 1, 1985. The IAF inducted an Air Defence unit as well. With the increase in the level of forces deployed, the air base was upgraded to a Forward Base Support Unit (FBSU) on August 23, 1986. The FBSU was subsequently replaced by No 37 Wing that was established on September 15, 1993 and location was shifted from Car Nicobar to Port Blair. It was fully functional in 2000 under the command of HQ SAC. Subsequently it as moved under the command of HQ AFC (Air Force Component) in A&N Command.
Unit previously existed as 15 FBSU

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
15 Sep 93 to 23 Aug 94Group Captain Surinder Singh Bains11288 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
05 Jun 95 to 26 Oct 97Group Captain Raghupati Saran Das13158 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
27 Oct 97 to 01 Feb 00Group Captain Ram Karan Mahar13796 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
02 Feb 00 to 16 Jun 02Group Captain Sanjiv Mishra14094 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
17 Jun 02 to 09 May 04Group Captain Pobbarira Belliappa Devayya15560 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
10 May 04 to 04 Jan 05Group Captain Vivek Vikash Bandopadhayay15863 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
07 Mar 05 to 17 Jul 05Group Captain Ravi Dhar14559 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
18 Jul 05 to 24 Jun 07Group Captain Anup Kumar Prabhakaran16808 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
25 Jun 07 to 30 Apr 09Group Captain Rajeev Sharma17004 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
Unknown to Group Captain Sunii Shankarayya Sadashivpeth22116 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar

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