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Air Vice Marshal Sunil Jayant Nanodkar

Service No & Branch 16555 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 11 Dec 1981 Course: 128 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jul 2017 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 11 Dec 1992Gp Capt : 01 Nov 2004Air Cmde : 02 Mar 2009AVM : 15 Apr 2013
Training and Other Courses Attended
50 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2010
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

06 Jun 2001 - 06 Jul 2003Wg CdrNo.14 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
23 Apr 2007 - 09 Jun 2008Gp Capt49 WingNaliya Station Commander
16 Jun 2008 - 01 Feb 2009Air Cmde17 WingGorakhpur Air Officer Commanding
29 Nov 2010 - 01 Dec 2012Air CmdeAir Head QuartersDelhi PD (ops Tact)
- AVMAdvance HQ, Western Air Command (Raj)Jaipur Air Officer Commanding
- AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops Offensive
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Gp CaptSunil Jayant Nanodkar16555 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details : Group Captain Sunil Jayant Nanodkar (16555) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the fighter stream of the IAF on 11 Dec 1981. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with 3800 hours of flying. He is also a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College. He has successfully commanded a Jaguar Squadron. Presently, he is Director of Operations (Offensive) at Air HQ since Jul 2003ï·“On being appointed as the Director of Operations (Tactical) in Jul 2003, apart from monitoring the training and operational status of all the offensive aircraft fleets of the Indian Air Force, he was assigned the task of leading the team of air warriors to participate in a multinational exercise in Alaska, United States of America. This involved activities from initial planning of operations, maintenance, logistics and administrative requirements for a first ever fighter deployment outside India. The exercise entailed deploying six Jaguar aircraft, two IL-78 Flight Refuellers and two IL-76 heavy lift transport support aircraft across four continents, at a distance of 20000 kilometers from the homeland. He took on the challenge and meticulously planned the training of participating forces and their deployment to and from Alaska. Coordinating activities of transport, flight refueller and fighter aircraft away from homeland was a complex task and could only be achieved due to his foresight analytical approach and thorough planning. Having successfully and safely executed this exercise, a template has been put in place for the Indian Air Force to follow in any such future endeavour. This has also resulted in projection of cutting edge operational capability before the developed Air Forces. While undertaking this additional responsibility, he continued to closely monitor the upgrade programmes of two major fighter fleets along with their induction in the operational units.For his professionalism and exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Group Captain Sunil Jayant Nanodkar.
Unit : AHQ
Reference : Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSunil Jayant Nanodkar16555 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
Details : Air Commodore Sunil Jayant Nanodkar VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a pilot in flying branch on 11 Dec 81. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with over 3900 hrs of accident free flying. He is an a1umnus of the Defence Services Staff College, the College of Combat and the National Defence College. In his 30 years of distinguished service, he has held several field and staff appointments. These include Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of a Jaguar Squadron, a Directing Staff at two premier institutes of the IAF- the flying Instructors School and the Defence Services Staff College. He was Director Tactical Operations at Air HQ, during this tenure he planned and led the first overseas major Air Force Exercise Co-operative Cope Thunder-04 in Alaska. He has commanded two frontline major air bases of the IAF as a Station Commander and Air Officer Commanding. He is currently the Principal Director Aircraft (Operations Tactical) since 29 Nov 10. His professional expertise, dynamism and inspiring leadership have given the directorate a team that is efficient, motivated and thus highly productive. His initiative, foresight and intelligence has contributed immensely towards the meticulous analysis of the weak areas having direct implication on the overall offensive capability of the IAF. Many issues related to weapons and offensive platforms have been streamlined because of his personal involvement. His persistent endeavour, drive and insistent interaction with various agencies in the IAF, Ordnance Factory Board, DRDO and the academia have resulted in increased availability of weapons and more importantly a clarity in the way forward. Additionally due to his endeavour a comprehensive fuzing policy and weapon assessment criteria review have been done. The directorate has been able to boast of having reviewed all the Standard Operating Procedures as well as the Orders and Instructions related to all the platforms and weapon systems due to his initiative. For the distinguished service of a high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Sunil Jayant Nanodkar.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSunil Jayant Nanodkar16555 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep33: Sunil Nanodkar - Jaguars at Red Flag Alaska
Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-09-01
Blue Skies Podcast:Blueskies Podcast - S2Ep04 - SJ Nanodkar Pt2 - Jaguars in Cope Thunder

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