18 Wing

Date Raised : 1962-11-07 Location : Pathankot
The saga of Air Force Station Pathankot began with formal sanction of Government of India on 15 Oct 1962. The station came into being on 07 Nov 1962 with tented accommodation and an overlay of PSP sheets for a Runway. Air Force Station Pathankot started its journey as a transport base initially to provide logistic support to Unitss in J&K area. However due to the strategic location of the base the station soon became a fighter base with the deployment of Gnat, Vampire and Mystere fighter aircraft. Soon the subsonic aircraft were replaced by the supersonic MIGs. In Mar 79, the Base was upgraded to Air Officer Command. Today Pathankot is a frontline air base which houses a fighter squadron, the first attack helicopter squadron, a Pechora squadron, a transportable Radar Units and Tropo Unitss.

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
07 Nov 62 to 13 Aug 64Group Captain Solomon Purushottam1928 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
14 Aug 64 to 12 Jan 67Group Captain Roshan Lal Suri2459 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
13 Jan 67 to 13 May 67Group Captain Wilbur Desmond McNeill2995 GD(P)Stn CdrPathankot
18 May 67 to 19 Aug 69Group Captain Jagdish Raj Bhasin3591 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
20 Aug 69 to 03 Dec 71Group Captain Meghashyama Sadanand Dandekar3201 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
04 Dec 71 to 17 Jan 72Group Captain Lakshman Madhav Katre3117 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
18 Jan 72 to 04 Sep 72Group Captain Meghashyama Sadanand Dandekar3201 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
05 Sep 72 to 19 May 74Group Captain Jagdish Chandra Sengupta3657 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
20 May 74 to 01 Jul 75Group Captain Gunakar Kamalkar Bakhle4204 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
20 Jul 75 to 22 Jan 77Group Captain Jayaram Nilkanth Jatar4040 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
23 Jan 77 to 28 Jul 78Group Captain Ramanathan Sundaresan4574 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
21 Sep 78 to 25 Mar 79Group Captain Denzil Edward Satur4339 F(P)Stn CdrPathankot
26 Mar 79 to 02 Jan 81Air Commodore Denzil Edward Satur4339 F(P)AOCPathankot
03 Jan 81 to 15 Oct 82Air Commodore Gandharva Sen4429 F(P)AOCPathankot
16 Oct 82 to 15 Apr 84Air Commodore Pondicherry Jayarao Jayakumar5037 F(P)AOCPathankot
16 Apr 84 to 24 Sep 86Air Commodore Bir Inder Singh5040 F(P)AOCPathankot
25 Sep 86 to 27 Jan 89Air Commodore Thupakulu Narasimhulu Bhavani Shankar5060 F(P)AOCPathankot
13 Feb 89 to 14 Mar 91Air Commodore Milind Shankar6130 F(P)AOCPathankot
15 May 91 to 30 Sep 93Air Commodore Amitava Chakladar8132 F(P)AOCPathankot
01 Oct 93 to 21 May 95Air Commodore Sunil Kumar Malik9002 F(P)AOCPathankot
28 Aug 95 to 29 Jun 97Air Commodore Brijendra Mohan Bali8438 F(P)AOCPathankot
30 Jun 97 to 14 Jul 98Air Commodore Arun Kumar Tiwary12194 F(P)AOCPathankot
15 Jul 98 to 25 Jun 00Air Commodore Pushpendra Singh12512 F(P)AOCPathankot
26 Jun 00 to 10 Mar 02Air Commodore Vivek Kumar Chopra12752 F(P)AOCPathankot
11 Mar 02 to 02 Nov 03Air Commodore Anjan Kumar Gogoi13382 F(P)AOCPathankot
03 Nov 03 to 01 Jan 06Air Commodore Satvir Singh Dhanda13926 F(P)AOCPathankot
02 Jan 06 to 30 Apr 07Air Commodore Ujjal Prabhat Biswas14090 F(P)AOCPathankot
01 May 07 to 15 Jun 09Air Commodore Suneet Shripad Soman14681 F(P)AOCPathankot
15 Jun 09 to 14 Dec 10Air Commodore Nalin Kumar Tandon16030 F(P)AOCPathankot
15 Dec 10 to 13 Jun 12Air Commodore Rajesh Kumar16770 F(P)AOCPathankot
14 Jun 12 to 13 Jul 14Air Commodore Ashok Shrigannavar18267 F(P)AOCPathankot
22 Feb 16 to 13 Aug 17Air Commodore Jeetendra Mishra18575 F(P)AOCPathankot

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