No.222 Squadron Tigersharks

Motto : Vinahay Dushkrtam (Destroyer of Evil)
Date Raised : 1969-09-15 Disbanded : 2011-03-31 Location : Hashimara
222 Squadron was raised at Ambala on 15 Sep 69 with SU-7 aircraft. The Squadron moved to Halwara in Jul 71 and was soon engaged in active combat operations in the 1971 war. The Squadron launched counter air strikes against Risalewala and Chander Airfields with immense success despite stiff enemy opposition. Close Air Support was centered around Dra-Baba-Nanak, Husseinwala and Firozpur sectors. Numerous strikes were launched against enemy armour, gunpositions and troops which virtually paralysed the armour thrust and exposed its weak flanks for the Indian armour. Short term interdiction missions were directed against rolling stock, rail tracks, marshalling yeards, bridges and enemy convoys. In this the Squadron achieved remarkable success. Photo recee missions were launched deep into enemy territory against enemy radars. The Squadron was highly decorated for its role during the conflict with one MVC, three Vr C, three VMs and two Mentioned in Despatches.

In the post war period the unit continued its relentless task of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and gained wide acclaim in exercises, gunnery meets and inspections. The Squadron shifted back to Ambala in May 75 and continued to operate from there till May 81. On 14 May 81, the Squadron shifted to Hindon. In Dec 85 the Squadron became the first unit in the IAF, to be quipped with MiG-27 aircraft. The then Prime Minister Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi visited the Squadron and named it "The Tigersharks". The Squadron moved to Air Force Station Hasimara on 19 May 1989. The Squadron was number plated in March 2011.

Commanding Officers


15 Sep 69 - 31 May 73
Wing Commander
Allan Albert Da Costa
4580 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Halwara

01 Jun 73 - 18 May 75
Wing Commander
Onkar Singh Wadhawan
4899 F(P)
CO
Halwara

19 May 75 - 14 Sep 77
Wing Commander
Kalpathy Annanthakrishna Hariharan
5185 F(P)
CO
Halwara/ Ambala

15 Sep 77 - 09 Dec 79
Wing Commander
Bipinchandra Shantaram Raje
5182 F(P)
CO
Ambala

10 Dec 79 - 04 Jul 82
Wing Commander
Syed Shahid Hussain Naqvi
7193 F(P)
CO
Ambala/ Hindon

05 Jul 82 - 29 Jul 84
Wing Commander
Swaran Singh Banga
8100 F(P)
CO
Hindon

30 Jul 84 - 28 Sep 86
Wing Commander
Jagjit Singh Ghuman
10123 F(P)
CO
Hindon

29 Sep 86 - 01 Nov 87
Wing Commander
Kuldeep Singh Sahota
9848 F(P)
CO
Hindon

02 Nov 87 - 29 Oct 89
Wing Commander
Gurcharan Singh Bhogal
12504 F(P)
CO
Hindon/ Hashimara

30 Oct 89 - 01 Dec 91
Wing Commander
Mukundan Sushil Kumar
12502 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

02 Dec 91 - 19 Dec 93
Wing Commander
Anup Rajkumar Nigam
13240 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

20 Dec 93 - 15 May 95
Wing Commander
Kesava Kurup Vijay Kumar
13396 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

15 May 95 - 23 Feb 97
Wing Commander
Jinendra Kumbhat
14558 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

24 Feb 97 - 07 Mar 99
Wing Commander
Pochana Prasad Reddy
15008 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

08 Mar 99 - 08 Feb 01
Wing Commander
Gurinder Singh Mann
16033 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

09 Jul 01 - 03 Jun 03
Wing Commander
Jagroop Singh Sandhu
16989 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

04 Jun 03 - 24 Apr 05
Wing Commander
Rajeev Bharadwaj
18552 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

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