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

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 Nov 47 to 22 Sep 48Squadron Leader Melville Duarte1772 GD(P)COPalam
23 Sep 48 to 15 Apr 51Squadron Leader Narayanrao Khanderao Shitoley1841 F(P)COPalam
16 Apr 51 to 06 Aug 51Wing Commander Hari Chand Dewan1598 F(P)COPalam
07 Aug 51 to 20 Sep 53Wing Commander Pothery Charuvary Ramachandran3514 GD(P)COPalam
21 Sep 53 to 23 May 56Wing Commander Murat Singh Aulakh1660 GD(P)COPalam
15 Jun 56 to 15 Jul 58Wing Commander Trilok Nath Ghadiok2354 F(P)COPalam
16 Jul 58 to 24 Jun 62Wing Commander Bal Bhagwan Marathe1915 F(P)COPalam
25 Jun 62 to 27 Feb 66Wing Commander Anthony Frank Gama3068 F(P)COPalam
26 Feb 66 to 14 Jul 66Wing Commander Kaup Mohandas Kamath3656 GD(P)COPalam
24 Aug 66 to 14 Jan 68Wing Commander Mohan Inder Singh4219 F(P)COPalam
15 Jan 68 to 27 Dec 70Wing Commander Chandra Kant Shantaram Raje4038 F(P)COPalam
28 Dec 70 to 24 Feb 74Wing Commander Inder Dev Bhalla4571 F(P)COPalam
25 Feb 74 to 15 Feb 76Wing Commander Har Krishan Oberai4583 F(P)COPalam
16 Feb 76 to 19 Jun 77Wing Commander Surjit Singh Malhotra4831 F(P)COPalam
20 Jun 77 to 10 Jan 81Group Captain Surjit Singh Malhotra4831 F(P)COPalam
11 Jan 81 to 18 Apr 84Group Captain Verinder Puri5199 F(P)COPalam
19 Apr 84 to 23 Nov 86Group Captain Velayudhan Girish Kumar6747 F(P)COPalam
24 Nov 86 to 16 Oct 88Group Captain Pandarangi Ananta Ramakrishna Kumar8747 F(P)COPalam
17 Oct 88 to 01 Jul 90Group Captain Sharad Yeshwant Savur10525 F(P)COPalam
16 Jul 90 to 02 Feb 92Group Captain Raj Pal Singh Garcha8413 F(P)COPalam
03 Feb 92 to 31 Jan 96Group Captain Arun Dattatreya Karandikar10865 F(P)COPalam
03 Oct 96 to 31 Dec 98Group Captain Venkita Subramony Ashok13930 F(P)COPalam
01 Jan 99 to 15 Aug 01Group Captain Manmohan Sud13945 F(P)COPalam
16 Aug 01 to 15 Aug 04Group Captain Codanda Chitrajit Cariappa15038 F(P)COPalam
16 Aug 04 to 16 Oct 06Group Captain Jabli Chandra Sekhar16374 F(P)COPalam
17 Oct 06 to Group Captain Pandurang Narayana Pradhan16403 F(P)COPalam

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