AirHQ Communications Squadron Pegasus

Motto : Seva aur Suraksha (Service and Security)
Date Raised : 1947-11-01 Location : Palam
Air Headquarters Communication Squadron of the IAF was formed on 01 Nov 1947 and has been based at Air Force Station, Palam since its inception. Originally, called Air Headquarters Communication Squadron (RIAF), it became Air Headquarters Communication Squadron (IAF) on India becoming a Sovereign Republic. The Primary role of the squadron is to convey VVIPs/VIPs of India and visiting foreign heads of states and Governments.

Commanding Officers


01 Nov 47 - 22 Sep 48
Squadron Leader
Melville Duarte
1772 GD(P)
CO
Palam

23 Sep 48 - 15 Apr 51
Squadron Leader
Narayanrao Khanderao Shitoley
1841 F(P)
CO
Palam

16 Apr 51 - 06 Aug 51
Wing Commander
Hari Chand Dewan
1598 F(P)
CO
Palam

07 Aug 51 - 20 Sep 53
Wing Commander
Pothery Charuvary Ramachandran
3514 GD(P)
CO
Palam

21 Sep 53 - 23 May 56
Wing Commander
Murat Singh Aulakh
1660 GD(P)
CO
Palam

15 Jun 56 - 15 Jul 58
Wing Commander
Trilok Nath Ghadiok
2354 F(P)
CO
Palam

16 Jul 58 - 24 Jun 62
Wing Commander
Bal Bhagwan Marathe
1915 F(P)
CO
Palam

25 Jun 62 - 27 Feb 66
Wing Commander
Anthony Frank Gama
3068 F(P)
CO
Palam

26 Feb 66 - 14 Jul 66
Wing Commander
Kaup Mohandas Kamath
3656 GD(P)
CO
Palam

24 Aug 66 - 14 Jan 68
Wing Commander
Mohan Inder Singh
4219 F(P)
CO
Palam

15 Jan 68 - 27 Dec 70
Wing Commander
Chandra Kant Shantaram Raje
4038 F(P)
CO
Palam

28 Dec 70 - 24 Feb 74
Wing Commander
Inder Dev Bhalla
4571 F(P)
CO
Palam

25 Feb 74 - 15 Feb 76
Wing Commander
Har Krishan Oberai
4583 F(P)
CO
Palam

16 Feb 76 - 19 Jun 77
Wing Commander
Surjit Singh Malhotra
4831 F(P)
CO
Palam

20 Jun 77 - 10 Jan 81
Group Captain
Surjit Singh Malhotra
4831 F(P)
CO
Palam

11 Jan 81 - 18 Apr 84
Group Captain
Verinder Puri
5199 F(P)
CO
Palam

19 Apr 84 - 23 Nov 86
Group Captain
Velayudhan Girish Kumar
6747 F(P)
CO
Palam

24 Nov 86 - 16 Oct 88
Group Captain
Pandarangi Ananta Ramakrishna Kumar
8747 F(P)
CO
Palam

17 Oct 88 - 01 Jul 90
Group Captain
Sharad Yeshwant Savur
10525 F(P)
CO
Palam

16 Jul 90 - 02 Feb 92
Group Captain
Raj Pal Singh Garcha
8413 F(P)
CO
Palam

03 Feb 92 - 31 Jan 96
Group Captain
Arun Dattatreya Karandikar
10865 F(P)
CO
Palam

03 Oct 96 - 31 Dec 98
Group Captain
Venkita Subramony Ashok
13930 F(P)
CO
Palam

01 Jan 99 - 15 Aug 01
Group Captain
Manmohan Sud
13945 F(P)
CO
Palam

16 Aug 01 - 15 Aug 04
Group Captain
Codanda Chitrajit Cariappa
15038 F(P)
CO
Palam

16 Aug 04 - 16 Oct 06
Group Captain
Jabli Chandra Sekhar
16374 F(P)
CO
Palam

17 Oct 06 -
Group Captain
Pandurang Narayana Pradhan
16403 F(P)
CO
Palam

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