Maritime Air Operations


Date Raised : 1971-07-15 Location : Bombay
HQ MAO was formed as Air Force Element in Mumbai in 1957 for joint operations with Army. In 1967 it was moved to Pune and renamed as HQ Western India and further renamed to Maritime Air Operations (MAO) in July 1971 and moved to Mumbai.
Unit previously existed as HQ Western India

Commanding Officers


15 Jul 71 - 03 Mar 72
Air Vice Marshal
Anand Ramdas Pandit
1707 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

06 Mar 72 - 03 Apr 73
Air Vice Marshal
Gian Dev Sharma
1742 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

16 Apr 73 - 31 Oct 76
Air Vice Marshal
Waman Raghunath Dani
1807 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Nov 76 - 24 Aug 78
Air Vice Marshal
Douglas George King-Lee
3040 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

25 Aug 78 - 13 Jan 81
Air Vice Marshal
Kanwar Iqbal Singh Chhabra
3831 F(N)
AOC
Bombay

14 Jan 81 - 14 Mar 81
Air Vice Marshal
Madan Mohan Dutt
4010 F(N)
AOC
Bombay

09 Jun 81 - 31 Dec 84
Air Vice Marshal
Brij Lal Chadha
4110 F(N)
AOC
Bombay

01 Jan 85 - 30 Apr 87
Air Vice Marshal
Manohar Madhav Takle
4116 F(N)
AOC
Bombay

15 Feb 88 - 31 Jan 89
Air Vice Marshal
Purushottam Laxmikant Purohit
4581 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Feb 89 - 31 Oct 91
Air Vice Marshal
Tupakula Narashimulu Bhavani Shanker
5060 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Nov 91 - 18 Jun 93
Air Vice Marshal
Bharat Kumar
5787 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

21 Jun 93 - 30 Jun 95
Air Vice Marshal
Ajai Kumar Brahmawar
5858 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

25 Sep 95 - 30 Jun 96
Air Vice Marshal
Suresh Kumar Sonpar
6126 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

30 Jul 96 - 10 Feb 99
Air Vice Marshal
Kurumthodathil Cherian Phillipose
7702 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

11 Feb 99 - 31 Aug 00
Air Vice Marshal
Chandra Kant Krishnatri
7697 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Sep 00 - 09 Jun 02
Air Vice Marshal
Harpal Singh Ahluwalia
9821 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

10 Jun 02 - 13 Feb 04
Air Vice Marshal
Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia
11631 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Apr 04 - 17 Dec 06
Air Vice Marshal
Saravjit Singh Hothi
12215 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

18 Dec 06 - 30 Apr 08
Air Vice Marshal
Ajay Shrivniwas Karnik
13140 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

05 May 08 - 24 May 09
Air Vice Marshal
Muthumanikam Matheswaran
14104 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

25 May 09 - 01 Nov 10
Air Vice Marshal
Ravinath Gururaj Burli
14667 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Dec 10 - 30 Sep 13
Air Vice Marshal
Anil Khosla
15871 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Oct 13 - 30 Jun 16
Air Vice Marshal
Anil Golani
16986 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

01 Jul 16 - 31 Jul 18
Air Vice Marshal
Michael Fernandez
16967 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

Unknown -
Air Vice Marshal
Rajeev Hora
17141 F(P)
AOC
Bombay

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