No.153 Helicopter Unit Daring Dragons

Motto : Apatsu Mitram (A friend in time of need)
Date Raised : 1988-11-01 Location : Udhampur
No 153 Helicopter Units was raised at Air Force Station, Udhampur on 01 November 1988. Initially equipped with the Mi-17 helicopter, the Units upgraded to the Mi-171V in February 2001 and then on to the Mi-17V5 in January 2014. In the period since its inception, 153 HU has actively participated in Operations Meghdoot, Pawan, Rakshak, Blizzard, Baruab, Sarpvinash, Rahat, to name a few. The Units also took part in Operation Safed Sagar, flying extensively over the forbidding heights of Kargil and Dras. In recognition of its services, 153 HU was awarded the Chief of the Air Staff’s Citation in the year 2007 – one of the first Indian Air Force Unitss to be so awarded. The name and crest of the Daring Dragons draw inspiration from the mythical Ladakhi dragon since Ladakh is the main area of operations of the Units.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
24 Nov 88 to 14 Jun 92Wing Commander Ram Mohan Shridharan12033 F(P)COUdhampur
15 Jun 92 to 07 Jun 94Wing Commander Ram Karan Mahar13796 F(P)COUdhampur
21 Jun 94 to 28 Jul 97Wing Commander Govindan Ajith Kumar Nair14677 F(P)COUdhampur
28 Jul 97 to 21 Jun 99Wing Commander Karan Vir Singh Parmar15688 F(P)COUdhampur
21 Jun 99 to 17 Jun 01Wing Commander Anup Kumar Prabhakaran16808 F(P)COUdhampur
18 Jun 01 to 15 Jun 03Wing Commander Sachendra Pratap Singh Sisodiya17454 F(P)COUdhampur
16 Jun 03 to 13 Nov 05Wing Commander Rajeev Kumar Chouhan18556 F(P)COUdhampur
14 Nov 05 to 09 Sep 07Wing Commander Rajesh Puri19919 F(P)COUdhampur

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