11 Forward Base Support Unit


Date Raised : 1975-10-27 Disbanded : 1980-02-17 Location : Suratgarh
The site selected for the airfield was an open area around the village of Karnisar. Work commenced in Aug 1973 with the clearing and levelling of the sand dunes. In the absence of any other local army Unitss, the personnel survived on a diet consisting of canal fish since the construction plans of airfield were a top secret matter. The Commanding Officer had to sleep every night guarding the papers, locked in a box that was chained to his wrist. Thus originated 11 Forward Base Support Units on 27 Oct 1975, which moved to its present location in Jan 1976. The base became operational on 02 May 1976 with 17 Squadron (MiG-21) and 20 Squadron (Hunters) moving in and was converted to 35 Wing on 18 Feb 1980 with the aim to enhance the operational flexibility on the Western Front. Since Oct 1975, the Wing has seen a steady induction of various aircrafts, SAMs, Radars signal and other operational Unitss.

Commanding Officers


27 Oct 75 - 20 Nov 76
Wing Commander
Shashikant Ramchandra Paranjpe
4992 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

21 Nov 76 - 19 Apr 78
Wing Commander
Ranjit Singh Bedi
5120 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

Unknown - 13 Apr 80
Wing Commander
Narinder Jit Singh
6131 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

14 Apr 80 - 04 Sep 83
Group Captain
Herbert Moel David
5179 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

05 Sep 83 - 23 Apr 85
Group Captain
Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande
5694 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

30 Sep 85 - 03 Aug 87
Group Captain
Sanjeeva Sahay
6139 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh

31 Aug 87 - 26 Feb 89
Group Captain
Sunil Kumar Malik
9002 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Suratgarh
Unit continued existence as 35 Wing

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