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


14 Nov 56 - 10 Jan 57
Squadron Leader
Dilip Kumar Sen
2320 EQPT
CO
Sulur

11 Jan 57 - 01 Nov 57
Squadron Leader
George Henry King
2386 GD(P)
CO
Sulur

02 Nov 57 - 12 Feb 58
Squadron Leader
Saravu Kukkemane Ramachandra Bhat
1873 GD(P)
CO
Sulur

13 Feb 58 - 10 Sep 61
Wing Commander
Alexander Joseph Henry Sathyanathan
1643 A&SD
CO
Sulur

11 Sep 61 - 10 Sep 62
Wing Commander
Churukara George Immanuel Phillip
1927 GD(P)
CO
Sulur

10 Oct 62 - 13 Jan 65
Wing Commander
Jothi Miller Fenn
3012 GD(P)
CO
Sulur

14 Jan 65 - 13 Nov 65
Wing Commander
Wilbur Desmond McNeill
2995 GD(P)
CO
Sulur

14 Nov 65 - 31 Mar 66
Wing Commander
Kenneth Hubert Larkins
3511 F(P)
CO
Sulur
Unit continued existence as 5 BRD

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