No.11 Squadron Charging Rhinos

Motto : Vishwambhara Pranadah (Supporters of the Universe)
Date Raised : 1951-11-15
On 15 Nov 51, 11 Squadron was formed at Barrackpore with a complement of 10 Dakota MK III And MK IV aircraft. The `One-horned Rhino' was chosen as the Squadron emblem when the Squadron moved to Jorhat in Feb 1961. The Squadron's motto was chosen as `Vishwambarah Prandah', meaning `Supporters of the Universe'. The Squadron operated Dakota MK III And MK IV aircraft till Apr 79 when HS-748 aircraft were inducted. A mixed fleet of Dakota And HS-748 aircraft remained in the Squadron till the last Dakota was ferried out on 17 Jul 80. An-32 aircraft were later inducted in Jan 96 at Sulur And HS-748 aircraft were fully replaced by Aug 96. On re-establishment at Baroda in Mar 2000, the Squadron has been re-equipped with HS-748 aircraft.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


15 Nov 51 - 20 Aug 52
Squadron Leader
Phiroz Mehta
1715 GD(P)
CO
Barrackpore

21 Aug 52 - 12 Oct 53
Wing Commander
Shanil Kumar Mukerji
1744 GD(P)
CO
Barrackpore

13 Oct 53 - 18 Mar 54
Wing Commander
Damodar Madhao Oka
1813 GD(P)
CO
Barrackpore

19 Mar 54 - 03 Nov 57
Wing Commander
Solomon Purushottam
1928 F(P)
CO
Barrackpore

04 Nov 57 - 23 Jan 61
Wing Commander
Soli Cursetji Kaikobad
2119 GD(P)
CO
Barrackpore

24 Jan 61 - 27 Jul 63
Wing Commander
Sneha Proban Sen
2636 GD(P)
CO
Barrackpore

28 Jul 63 - 09 Aug 66
Wing Commander
Harbans Singh Monga
3162 F(P)
CO
Barrackpore/ Bakshi

10 Aug 66 - 04 Aug 69
Wing Commander
Ranjit Kumar Kukar
4103 F(P)
CO
Bakshi Ka Talab

05 Aug 69 - 30 Jul 72
Wing Commander
Somendra Kumar Roy
4032 F(P)
CO
Bakshi Ka Talab

11 Sep 72 - 17 Sep 74
Wing Commander
Swatantra Kumar Goel
4684 F(P)
CO


18 Sep 74 - 12 Sep 76
Wing Commander
Chander Parkash Puri
4917 F(P)
CO


13 Sep 76 - 13 Feb 77
Wing Commander
Arnold Louis McDonald
5320 F(P)
CO


02 May 77 - 24 May 79
Wing Commander
Ashwini Kumar Bhide
5674 F(P)
CO


25 May 79 - 07 Jun 79
Wing Commander
Manohar Lal Sharma
5325 F(P)
CO


23 Jul 79 - 01 Sep 81
Wing Commander
Ajay Krishna Avasthi
5805 F(P)
CO


02 Sep 81 - 08 Jul 83
Wing Commander
Chitta Ranjan Ghosh
6141 F(P)
CO


09 Jul 83 - 16 Dec 84
Wing Commander
Prakash Sadanand Kalalvar
8950 F(P)
CO


17 Dec 84 - 25 Nov 86
Group Captain
Vijay Singh Yadava
6143 F(P)
CO


26 Nov 86 - 24 Jun 88
Group Captain
Ranjit Kumar Pal
8666 F(P)
CO


01 Aug 88 - 28 Apr 91
Group Captain
Ivor Percival Alexander
8430 F(P)
CO


29 Apr 91 - 28 Jun 92
Group Captain
Ashok Kumar Gupta
8776 F(P)
CO


29 Jun 92 - 07 Mar 93
Group Captain
Chaand Kiran Jolly
11384 F(P)
CO


08 Mar 93 - 05 Jun 95
Group Captain
Kottur Kasturi Rangachari Veeraraghava Yasas
11311 F(P)
CO


06 Jun 95 - 06 Jul 97
Group Captain
Kulmanbir Singh Hundal
12784 F(P)
CO


07 Jul 97 - 13 Dec 98
Group Captain
Manmohan Sud
13945 F(P)
CO


01 Mar 00 - 25 Aug 02
Group Captain
Kumar Krishnachandrasinghji Gohil
14688 F(P)
CO
Vadodara

26 Aug 02 - 31 Aug 04
Group Captain
Chellappa Subramaniam
16089 F(P)
CO
Vadodara

20 Sep 04 - 29 Jun 07
Group Captain
Vishwanathan Raghavan
16393 F(P)
CO
Vadodara

02 Jul 07 - 28 Jun 09
Group Captain
Pirangattethu Sivarama Sanal Kumar
17170 F(P)
CO
Vadodara

29 Jun 09 - 27 Nov 11
Group Captain
Arun Bhaskar Gupta
18121 F(P)
CO
Vadodara

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