No.52 Squadron Sharks
Motto : Sadaiva Sarvottam Date Raised : 1986-01-01 Location : Bidar
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52 Sqn AF, the youngest Squadron of the Indian Air Force, was formed on 01 Jan 86 at 16 Wing, Hashimara. Wg Cdr GM Viswanathan VM was the first Commanding Officer of "The Sharks" equipped with the T-77 ac. The primary role of the Squadron is Air defence and the secondary role is ground attack. However, during peace time the Squadron is given the additional responsibility of conducting MOFT syllabus of young pilots. The Sharks, during their short span of 12 years have gained appreciation for their professional approach and sound results. The Squadron has the distinction of winning the IF rolling trophy in its very first year of formation and continues to sustain its impressive performance.
The Squadron moved to Bagdogra during Jan 90 under the command of Wg Cdr AD Chibbar where it continued to perform its primary, secondary and peacetime role.
On 01 Nov 96 the Sqn moved to 14 Wing at Chabua. Number plated in June 2005, came back as Suryakirans (May 1, 2006) on the Kiran MK-II. It was again numberplated on 30 June 2011 and resurrected on the HAWKs in February 2015
|Dates||Rank & Name||Number||Remarks||Location||Photo|
|01 Jan 86 to 01 Nov 86||Wing Commander Gopalasamudram Mahadevan Vishwanathan||9056 F(P)||CO||Hashimara|
|01 Nov 86 to 17 Dec 88||Wing Commander Prakash Prahalad Dani||12214 F(P)||CO||Hashimara|
|18 Dec 88 to 19 Dec 90||Wing Commander Ashok Dharam Chhibbar||12118 F(P)||CO||Hasimara/Bagdogra|
|20 Dec 90 to 31 Oct 92||Wing Commander Ranjit Kumar Bora||12927 F(P)||CO||Bagdogra|
|01 Nov 92 to 01 Feb 95||Wing Commander Debananda Gohain||13388 F(P)||CO||Bagdogra|
|01 Feb 95 to 07 Nov 96||Wing Commander Rajinder Singh||13980 F(P)||CO||Bagdogra|
|08 Nov 96 to||Wing Commander Suneet Shripad Soman||14681 F(P)||CO||Chabua|
|07 Dec 98 to||Wing Commander Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha||16053 F(P)||CO||Chabua|
|01 May 06 to 30 Mar 08||Wing Commander Sandeep Bansal||20438 F(P)||CO|