No.109 Helicopter Unit

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1961-08-26
The Units came into being on August 26, 1961.One Zero Nine was awarded a crest, with a motto 'APATSU MITRAM'. The motto means 'a friend to those in distress'. The Units insignia signifies the embodiment of service on land, sea and in air, with the rotors trisecting the crest depicting the prominence of helicopter in all three areas. The mountains in the background signify the area where helicopters are the only aircraft which can been used in a variety of roles. On 1 April 1967, the Units moved from Chandigarh to Jammu and The Units moved to Sulur on 4 June 1987. It was later re-christened as 'The Knights'.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


28 Sep 61 - 09 Jun 63
Squadron Leader
William Joseph Liddle
3400 GD(P)
CO
Chandigarh

10 Jun 63 - 24 Jan 64
Squadron Leader
Arvind Dalaya
4025 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

25 Jan 64 - 10 Jan 67
Squadron Leader
Parm Jit Singh
4603 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

11 Jan 67 - 13 Mar 70
Squadron Leader
Kevin Martin
5074 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh/ Jammu

14 Mar 70 - 01 Apr 73
Squadron Leader
Nilkanth Keshav Barvey
5864 F(P)
CO
Jammu

02 Apr 73 - 02 Dec 73
Wing Commander
Harbinder Singh Bedi
3324 F(P)
CO
Jammu

03 Dec 73 - 26 Feb 76
Wing Commander
Rajendra Dev Pant
4737 F(P)
CO
Jammu

27 Feb 76 - 12 Jun 77
Wing Commander
Mohan Chandra
4889 F(P)
CO
Jammu

13 Jun 77 - 11 Dec 79
Wing Commander
Jawahar Lal Kochhar
5796 F(P)
CO
Jammu

12 Dec 79 - 25 Oct 81
Wing Commander
Lalit Kumar Dutta
6506 F(P)
CO
Jammu

26 Oct 81 - 25 Dec 84
Wing Commander
Krishan Kumar Sangar
7017 F(P)
CO
Jammu

25 Dec 84 - 10 May 87
Wing Commander
Vishwanathan Natarajan
10462 F(P)
CO
Jammu

11 May 87 - 20 Jun 89
Wing Commander
Vijay Kumar Narayan Sapre
11285 F(P)
CO
Sulur

21 Jun 89 - 27 Sep 92
Wing Commander
Mahadeva Ramakrishna
12027 F(P)
CO
Sulur

19 Oct 92 - 25 Apr 95
Wing Commander
Kottukonam Gopakumaran Neelakanthan Nair
14295 F(P)
CO
Sulur

03 Jul 95 - 21 Sep 97
Wing Commander
Thankachan John
15422 F(P)
CO
Sulur

22 Sep 97 - 19 Sep 99
Wing Commander
Rajan Kapur
16054 F(P)
CO
Sulur

20 Sep 99 - 02 Sep 01
Wing Commander
Atanu Guru
16794 F(P)
CO
Sulur

03 Sep 01 - 10 Aug 03
Wing Commander
Sanjay Kumar Mittal
17472 F(P)
CO
Sulur

11 Aug 03 - 12 Jun 05
Wing Commander
Umesh Kumar Sharma
17323 F(P)
CO
Sulur

26 Feb 07 - 18 Mar 09
Wing Commander
Manish Girdhar
20163 F(P)
CO
Sulur

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