14 Wing


Date Raised : 1962-02-21 Location : Chabua
The Chabua air base was used extensively by the Allies for the operations against the Japanese, and was abandoned after World War II. In 1962, in response to the Chinese invasion of Tibet and subsequent threat to the Northeast, the Wing 14 was formed at Jorhat and moved to Chabua. The first IAF aircraft to operate here were the Dakotas of the 49 Squadron and the Vampires of the 24 Squadron. During the Chinese aggression, air transport support for Lohit, Siang and Subansiri divisions was provided from Chabua. In 1965, it was used as the base for a squadron each of the Hunters, the Otters and Mi-4 helicopters. After the war, in 1974, the runway was renovated to enable high performance fighter operations and the 47 Squadron moved here with MiG-21 aircraft. Before its closure in 1992, there were no fighter squadrons here, but the station had two Mi-17 Unitss for air logistics operations in Arunachal Pradesh. In 1993, it was decided to expand Chabua to once again house fighters. The helicopters were relocated to neighbouring Mohanbari and Chabua remained without any flying squadrons till 1995. The 20 Squadron, the erstwhile Thunderbolts, equipped with MiG-21FL, started operations from mid-1995. They undertook the task of training newly commissioned officers of the fighter stream. In January 1998, it was replaced by Operational Conversion Unitss, relocated from Chabua to Kalaikunda towards the end of 2009. On December 1, 2010, the 102 Squadron was resurrected with the magnificent Sukhoi-30MKI and Chabua once again became the easternmost fighter base of the air force.

Commanding Officers


Unknown -
Group Captain
John Dunbar Aquino
1777 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

01 Jan 64 - 01 Jan 67
Group Captain
Edul Jahangir Dhatigara
1899 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

Unknown - 01 Dec 67
Group Captain
Surjit Singh Jaspal
1808 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

01 Mar 73 -
Group Captain
Sanat Kumar Mitra
3870 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

01 Jan 75 - 31 Mar 78
Group Captain
Ashateeta Chakravarti
3662 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

01 Apr 78 - 21 Aug 79
Group Captain
Annaswami Sridharan
4761 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

22 Aug 79 - 04 Jul 82
Group Captain
Keith David Kingsley Lewis
5109 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

05 Jul 82 - 27 Feb 85
Group Captain
Kodendera Cariappa Cariappa
5376 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

28 Feb 85 - 18 Oct 85
Group Captain
Ashwini Kumar Bhide
5674 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

19 Oct 85 - 16 Feb 86
Group Captain
Nagina Singh Matharhoo
8180 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

17 Feb 86 - 31 Jan 88
Air Commodore
Surindar Kumar Bajaj
4884 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

01 Feb 88 - 17 Jul 90
Air Commodore
Krishna Bihari Singh
5865 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

18 Jul 90 - 17 May 92
Air Commodore
Praveen Badhwar
7658 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

18 May 92 - 21 Feb 94
Air Commodore
Amariit Singh Sandhu
7703 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

22 Feb 94 - 06 Mar 94
Group Captain
S K Sharma

Stn Cdr
Chabua

07 Mar 94 - 02 Aug 95
Group Captain
Kuldeep Singh Sahota
9848 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

02 Aug 95 - 02 Mar 97
Group Captain
Charanjit Singh Gill
11645 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

03 Mar 97 - 31 Oct 97
Group Captain
Murali Sundaram
12369 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

01 Nov 97 - 31 Dec 98
Air Commodore
Murali Sundaram
12369 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

01 Jan 99 - 20 Aug 01
Air Commodore
Sadhashivan Radhakrishnan
12408 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

21 Aug 01 - 25 Dec 01
Group Captain
Anil Chopra
13368 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

26 Dec 01 - 25 Jun 03
Air Commodore
Sudhir Asthana
12202 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

26 Jun 03 - 01 Jan 06
Group Captain
Rakesh Saxena
15190 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chabua

02 Jan 06 - 11 Nov 07
Air Commodore
Nirbhay Kumar Jain
13576 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

12 Nov 07 - 30 Apr 09
Air Commodore
Sardar Harpal Singh
16071 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

01 May 09 - 19 Dec 10
Air Commodore
Amit Dev
16972 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

20 Dec 10 - 09 Jul 12
Air Commodore
Mrigendra Singh
17324 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

10 Jul 12 - 17 May 15
Air Commodore
Mohan Kumar Rao
17343 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

18 May 15 - 06 Aug 17
Air Commodore
Brij Mohan Tyagi
18795 F(P)
AOC
Chabua

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