15 Forward Base Support Unit


Date Raised : 1986-08-23 Disbanded : 1993-09-14 Location : Carnicobar
The IAF commenced operations at Car Nicobar in 1956 with the establishment of a Staging Post essentially for refuelling of aircraft flying logistics support missions from the mainland across the Bay of Bengal. The IAF extended the runway at Car Nicobar to nearly 9, feet in 1967. The first helicopter of the IAF, a Mi-8, was inducted at Car Nicobar in 1982 and was built up to a Flight strength by April 1, 1985. The IAF inducted an Air Defence unit as well. With the increase in the level of forces deployed, the air base was upgraded to a Forward Base Support Unit (FBSU) on August 23, 1986. The FBSU was subsequently replaced by No 37 Wing that was established on September 15, 1993 and location was shifted from Car Nicobar to Port Blair. It was fully functional in 2000 under the command of HQ SAC. Subsequently it as moved under the command of HQ AFC (Air Force Component) in A&N Command.
Unit previously existed as 1 SP

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
23 Aug 86 to 14 Jan 87Group Captain Dalip Singh Dahiya5866 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
02 Mar 87 to 18 Jul 89Group Captain Mahabir Prasad Premi8378 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
19 Jul 89 to 28 Feb 90Group Captain Chiman Lal Bhasin9465 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
25 Jun 90 to 17 Mar 92Group Captain Surya Kumar Gupta10983 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
08 Mar 92 to 14 Sep 93Group Captain Surinder Singh Bains11288 F(P)Stn CdrCarnicobar
Unit continued existence as 37 Wing

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