No.131 FAC Flight Airborne Pointers

Motto : Savage and Powerful
Date Raised : 1974-08-02 Location : Hindon
131 FAC Flight, one of the firsts of its kind, in terms of role, was established in 1974 at Pathankot. The first Commanding Officer was then Sqn Ldr MS Sekhon Vr C, SC, VM. The Units was established on the Bell-47G-3 and moved to udhampur in Sep 75. The first SAR mission flown by the Units was on 5 jan 75 on Z1085. The Units crest depicting a frontal view of a Cheetah has the Units's name that of Air Borne Pointers inscribed in a semi-circle. The Units's motto that of 'Savage and Powerful' is related to the Units's all important role that of a FAC. By its accurate guidance to fighter aircraft on to the tgt, it assists in the destruction of enemy's Vas and VPs.

Commanding Officers


02 Aug 74 - 02 May 77
Squadron Leader
Manjit Singh Sekhon
6756 F(P)
CO
Pathankot/ Udhampur

03 May 77 - 30 May 79
Squadron Leader
Bertrand Joseph Vaz
8418 F(P)
CO
Udhampur

31 May 79 - 03 Apr 80
Squadron Leader
Narender Paul Narang
9728 F(P)
CO
Udhampur

04 Apr 80 - 29 Dec 81
Squadron Leader
Chiman Lal Bhasin
9465 F(P)
CO
Udhampur

30 Dec 81 - 28 Mar 82
Squadron Leader
Anand Jaivanth Rao
10512 F(P)
CO
Udhampur

29 Mar 82 - 08 Jul 84
Wing Commander
Charanjit Singh Sandhu
5591 F(P)
CO
Udhampur

09 Jul 84 - 05 May 85
Wing Commander
Ram Singh
9458 F(P)
CO
Udhampur

06 May 85 - 21 Jun 87
Wing Commander
Surinder Singh Bains
11288 F(P)
CO
Udhampur/ Leh

22 Jun 87 - 25 Jun 89
Wing Commander
Anand Jaivanth Rao
10512 F(P)
CO
Halwara

26 Jun 89 - 01 Nov 92
Wing Commander
Pradip Shrikrishna Behera
11889 F(P)
CO
Halwara

02 Nov 92 - 16 Jul 95
Wing Commander
Roderick Osbern Joseph Assey
14108 F(P)
CO
Halwara

17 Jul 95 - 28 Jun 98
Wing Commander
Ravindera Singh Mann
15434 F(P)
CO
Halwara/ Hindon

29 Jun 98 - 14 May 00
Wing Commander
Ritojit Mukherjee
16410 F(P)
CO
Hindon

15 May 00 - 30 Jun 02
Wing Commander
Sreenivasa P Rao
17172 F(P)
CO
Hindon

01 Jul 02 - 20 Jun 04
Wing Commander
Hemant Kumar Sachdeva
17355 F(P)
CO
Hindon

21 Jun 04 - 20 Aug 06
Wing Commander
George Thomas
17722 F(P)
CO
Hindon

21 Aug 06 - 19 Oct 08
Wing Commander
A K Singh

CO
Hindon

24 Sep 12 - 31 Mar 14
Wing Commander
Nitin Anil Welde
23193 F(P)
CO
Hindon

01 Apr 14 - 30 Nov 14
Group Captain
Nitin Anil Welde
23193 F(P)
CO
Hindon

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