Indian Aviation Contingent -I (MONUC)


Date Raised : 2003-07-13 Disbanded : 2010-10-04 Location : Congo
MONUC is one of the largest and most robust peace keeping operations ever undertaken by the UN. The Aviation Contingents are by far the key elements in the arsenal of MONUC in achieving its mandate of maintaining peace in this huge country, the second largest in Africa. The tasks required by UN from the Mi-35 Sqn were to provide armed escort, fire support, anti-armour support, reconnaissance, information gathering and MEDEVAC, all these both by day as well as night. The Mi-17 utility helicopters were to undertake tasks including troop induction, cargo carriage, under slung operations, SAR, CASEVAC and MEDEVAC, reconnaissance and surveillance, both by day and night.

Commanding Officers


13 Jul 03 - 12 Aug 04
Group Captain
Kulwant Singh Gill
15220 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

13 Aug 04 - 25 Sep 05
Group Captain
Daljeet Singh Ahluwalia
16571 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

26 Sep 05 - 28 Apr 06
Group Captain
Govindan Ajith Kumar Nair
14677 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

26 Sep 06 - 17 Oct 07
Group Captain
Sanderraman Neelakantan
15184 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

18 Oct 07 - 24 Oct 08
Group Captain
Navkaranjit Singh Dhillon
16580 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

25 Oct 08 - 02 Dec 09
Group Captain
Ravi Bhate
17342 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

02 Dec 09 - 04 Oct 10
Group Captain
Ashwani Kumar Nabh
16608 F(P)
Cont Cdr
Congo

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