Aircraft Storage Depot

Date Raised : 1956-11-14 Disbanded : 1966-03-31 Location : Sulur
Sulur was a transit base during 1940-42 for the Allied forces. In 1945 it was a operational base for RAF and in 1947 INS Hansa was established by Indian navy for Sea hawks. IAF took possession of Sulur base in Nov 56 and established a Care and Maintenance Units . Within a year i.e. 1957, it was re-designated as Aircraft Storage Depot. The initial commitment of Aircraft Storage Depot was to store Harvards, Texans and Vampires. Subsequently Dakotas, and Canberras also found shelter at this Depot. During this period i.e. in 1964, one large hanger and billets for SNCOs and airmen were added. In Apr 66, this storage depot metamorphasized into the present 5 BRD with additional tasks and commitments. 33 ED was also established at the base in 1967. Apart from the already existing storage functions, the depot undertook the task of repairing and overhauling of Gnats and its rotables. Currently the BRD conduct servicing of Avro ac, repair and calibration of testers and MATCAL (Mobile Calibration). In 2017 it was given the task of overhaul, LRU, Aero engine and structural repairs of modern trainer aircraft

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
14 Nov 56 to 10 Jan 57Squadron Leader Dilip Kumar Sen2320 EQPTCOSulur
11 Jan 57 to 01 Nov 57Squadron Leader George Henry King2386 GD(P)COSulur
02 Nov 57 to 12 Feb 58Squadron Leader Saravu Kukkemane Ramachandra Bhat1873 GD(P)COSulur
13 Feb 58 to 10 Sep 61Wing Commander Alexander Sathyanathan Joseph Henry1643 GD(P)COSulur
11 Sep 61 to 10 Sep 62Wing Commander Churukara George Immanuel Phillip1927 GD(P)COSulur
10 Oct 62 to 13 Jan 65Wing Commander Jothi Miller Fenn3012 GD(P)COSulur
14 Jan 65 to 13 Nov 65Wing Commander Wilbur Desmond McNeill2995 GD(P)COSulur
14 Nov 65 to 31 Mar 66Wing Commander Kenneth Hubert Larkins3511 GD(P)COSulur
Unit continued existence as 5 BRD

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