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Air Chief Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul

Service No & Branch 4721 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Jul 1954 Course: 63 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Dec 1995 Superannuated Flying Hours : 3700 Nick Name : Suppi
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 17 Jul 1955Flt Lt : 17 Jul 1959Sqn Ldr : 17 Jul 1965Wg Cdr : 01 Apr 1974
Acting Gp Capt : 17 Apr 1978Gp Capt : 01 Apr 1978Acting Air Cmde : 05 Jan 1981AVM : 01 Sep 1986
Air Marshal : 01 Aug 1988C-in-C : 01 Feb 1991Air Chief Marshal : 01 Aug 1993
Training and Other Courses Attended
5 JSW (Cadet) - 01 Dec 195223 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 25 Nov 1967
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

01 Apr 1971 - 14 Dec 1973Wg CdrNo.37 SquadronTezpur/ Kalaikunda Commanding Officer
01 Dec 1972 - Wg Cdr2 WingLohegaon (Pune) Officer in Charge Flying
- Gp CaptAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Intelligence
19 Aug 1981 - 09 May 1982Air Cmde15 WingBareilly Air Officer Commanding
01 Sep 1982 - 01 Jan 1986Air CmdeEmbassy of India, RussiaMoscow Air Attache
01 Aug 1986 - 03 Apr 1988AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Director, Personnel Officers
01 Mar 1988 - 01 Jan 1989AVMSouth Western Air CommandJodhpur Senior Air Staff Officer
26 Feb 1990 - 10 Feb 1991Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
11 Feb 1991 - 30 Apr 1992Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
01 May 1992 - 30 Jul 1993Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
20 Jul 1985 - 31 Dec 1995No.17 Squadron Commodore Commandant
01 Aug 1993 - 31 Dec 1995Air Chief MarshalAir Head QuartersDelhi Chief of Air Staff
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrSwaroop Krishna Kaul4721 F(P)Award Date 04 Dec 1971Announced 26 Jan 1972
Details : At the outbreak of hostilities, Wing Commander S K Kaul, the Commanding Officer of a Fighter Bomber Squadron [No.37 Squadron, Hunters], volunteered for an urgent task to photograph certain areas in Bangla Desh. These photographs were badly needed in order to finalise our Army’s assault plans. The officer carried out four missions deep into enemy territories ot cover the heavily defended sectors of Comila, Sylhet and Saidapur. At times, he had to fly as low as 200 feet over the most heavily defended enemy locations. Undaunted, he flew through these barrages, making repeated runs in each of his missions and successfully completed the task. On 4th December 1971, he again volunteered for another task to photograph the Tezgaon and Kurmitola airfields. His reconnaissance flights over these two airfields, in the face of the most sustained and heavy enemy ground fire stood out as acts of heroism, extreme gallantry and devotion to duty. In addition to his reconnaissance exploits, he led the very first eight aircraft strike mission over Dacca. In this raid, his formation encountered four enemy aircraft near the target area. With exemplary leadership, he manoeuvred his forces in such a manner that two of the enemy aircraft could be shot down and the other two fled. The target thus became clear for attack. Throughout the period of operations, Wing Commander Kaul led his squadron boldly, with tenacity and personally displayed courage of an exceptionally high order in the face of the enemy
Unit : 37 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 12th February 1972 - No.20 - Pres/72 dated 20th January 1972
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSwaroop Krishna Kaul4721 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1992Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Air Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the IAF on the 17th July, 1954. A graduate of Defence Services Staff College, the Air Officer has, during his long and distinguished career, held a number of command and staff appointments which include the command of a fighter squadron during war, Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational commands and Air Attaché in Moscow.

An outstanding fighter pilot of repute, he commanded a fighter squadron in the eastern sector during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. Displaying leadership of a high degree, he personally led several missions deep into enemy territory to obtain complete air superiority over the area of operations. For his gallant conduct throughout the period of war, he was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra in 1971.

The Air Officer holds the unique distinction of serving as the Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational commands viz South Western Air Command and the Central Air Command. In these appointments, he brought about a number of innovative improvements which significantly enhanced the IAF's operational potential without a substantial change in resources. On his appointment as AOC-in-C of Central Air Command, the Air Officer has brought to bear his vast operational and staff experience with the ultimate objective of building his command into a formidable fighting machine in the most cost effective manner.

Air Marshal Swaroop Krishna Kaul, MVC has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Unit : CAC
Reference : GoI19920126
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