Southern Air Command


Date Raised : 1984-06-18 Location : Trivandrum
Southern Air Command with its Headquarters at Trivandrum was born on 19 Jul 84 out of the changed geopolitical situation around Southern peninsula. The need was felt to establish a full fledged Operational Air Command covering the geopolitical area of peninsular India extending to 18 deg N including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep islands in the Arabian sea. Headquarters Southern Air Command was setup at Trivandrum at "Belhaven Palace", an old palace of Maharaja of Travancore located in the heart of Thiruvananthapuram city. The construction of permanent Command Headquarters was completed and the Headquarters moved from Belhaven Palace to Akkulam on 8 Aug 1996. In 1984 the command had only five lodger Unitss and that has grown to eleven over a period of time
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Commanding Officers


18 Jun 84 - 30 Nov 86
Air Marshal
Terence Joseph Desa
3863 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Dec 86 - 30 Sep 87
Air Marshal
Rajagopal Sriramulu Naidu
4090 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

21 Dec 87 - 31 Oct 89
Air Marshal
Gandharva Sen
4429 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

07 Nov 89 - 31 Mar 91
Air Marshal
Suresh Chand
4585 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

13 May 91 - 30 Apr 92
Air Marshal
Sukh Dev Mohan
4789 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 May 92 - 31 Jul 93
Air Marshal
Ravinder Nath Bharadwaj
5001 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

03 Sep 93 - 31 Mar 95
Air Marshal
Sherwin Derek Leslie Tully
5270 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 May 95 - 30 Apr 97
Air Marshal
Bharat Kumar
5787 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 May 97 - 02 Jan 99
Air Marshal
Krishnan Narayan Nair
6346 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

15 Jan 99 - 31 Aug 00
Air Marshal
Darshan Singh Basra
6519 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Sep 00 - 12 Mar 02
Air Marshal
Manjit Singh Sekhon
6756 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

18 Mar 02 - 31 Dec 02
Air Marshal
Tej Mohan Asthana
7672 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Jan 03 - 31 Dec 03
Air Marshal
Anil Kumar Trikha
8436 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

02 Jan 04 - 30 Sep 04
Air Marshal
Sunil Kumar Malik
9002 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Aug 04 - 31 Aug 06
Air Marshal
Sharad Yeshwant Savur
10525 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Sep 06 - 31 Jan 07
Air Marshal
Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia
11631 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Feb 07 - 31 Mar 08
Air Marshal
Yashwant Rao Rane
12210 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Apr 08 - 30 Sep 08
Air Marshal
Suresh Chandra Mukul
12930 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Oct 08 - 31 Aug 09
Air Marshal
Sadhashivan Radhakrishnan
12408 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Sep 09 - 30 Jun 11
Air Marshal
Sumit Mukerji
12925 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Jul 11 - 31 Jul 12
Air Marshal
Satish Pal Singh
13770 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Aug 12 - 31 Dec 13
Air Marshal
Rakesh Kumar Jolly
14083 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Jan 14 - 31 May 15
Air Marshal
Arun Purushottam Garud
14692 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Jun 15 - 31 Jul 16
Air Marshal
Jasbir Singh Walia
15684 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Aug 16 - 28 Feb 17
Air Marshal
Sanderraman Neelakantan
15184 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Mar 17 - 31 Jul 18
Air Marshal
Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
16026 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Aug 18 - 31 Oct 19
Air Marshal
Balakrishnan Suresh
16206 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

01 Nov 19 -
Air Marshal
Amit Tiwari
16806 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Trivandrum

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