No.122 Helicopter Flight Flying Dolphins

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1981-09-26
The Units was formed on 26 September 1981 at Kalaikunda. The Units was allotted Mi-8 Helicopters in January 1982. The main task of this Units was to carry out search and rescue operations and VIP/VVIP commitments. The Units moved from Kalaikunda to its present location Car Nicobar.No official crest has been allotted to the Units. However the unofficial Units mascot is " The Dolphin". This helpful sea creature belonging to the class Mammillae is quite abundant in the Bay of Bengal adjourning the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. The Units motto is " AAPATSU MITRAM " meaning a friend in time of trouble as symbolised by the ever helpful Dolphin.

Commanding Officers


30 Nov 81 - 21 Feb 82
Squadron Leader
John Vincent D'Silva
10447 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda

22 Feb 82 - 29 Dec 82
Squadron Leader
Faquir Chand Jain
9035 F(P)
CO
Kalaikunda/ Car Nico

30 Dec 82 - 08 Jul 84
Wing Commander
Faquir Chand Jain
9035 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

09 Jul 84 - 11 May 86
Wing Commander
John Vincent D'Silva
10447 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

12 May 86 - 27 Jun 88
Wing Commander
Sharwan Kumar Bhatia
11316 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

28 Jun 88 - 20 May 90
Wing Commander
Jagdeep Singh
11649 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

21 May 90 - 07 Jun 92
Wing Commander
Amritpal Singh Sidhu
12217 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

08 Jun 92 - 15 Aug 94
Wing Commander
Debasish Palit
13404 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

16 Aug 94 - 31 Dec 95
Wing Commander
Thatipalli Sathidev Mahadev
15191 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

01 Jan 96 - 21 Jun 98
Wing Commander
Ajit Kumar Chaudhary
15423 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

22 Jun 98 - 09 May 00
Wing Commander
Ramesh Balakrishnan
16587 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

10 May 00 - 27 Oct 02
Wing Commander
Tonda Sree Venkatesh
16796 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

28 Oct 02 - 27 Nov 04
Wing Commander
Wunnava Venkata Rama Rao
18111 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

10 Apr 06 - 02 Mar 08
Wing Commander
Arvind Sharadchandra Pandey
19557 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

03 Mar 08 - 21 Feb 10
Wing Commander
Vikram Mahajan
20753 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

02 Apr 12 - 24 Nov 13
Wing Commander
Himanshu Pandit
23195 F(P)
CO
Car Nicobar

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