No.25 Squadron Himalayan Eagles

Motto : Satvadeena hi Sidhvayah ( Excellence through Diligence)
Date Raised : 1963-03-01 Location : Vadodara
The sqn was raised in 1963 at Chandigarh to support the Army operations in Nothern Sector in the harsh Leh and Ladakh region. Initially formed on 4 An-12s, it added IL-76 in 1989. in 1993 the An-12s were replaced by the An-32s. The sqn moved to the western sector at Vadodara in Sep 2011. Hwoever the Il-76 element remained at 12 wing and merged with 44 Sqn.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Mar 63 - 27 May 63
Squadron Leader
George Jagdish Shaw
3362 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

28 May 63 - 30 Nov 65
Wing Commander
Reginald Azariah Rufus
3319 GD(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Dec 65 - 09 Jan 67
Wing Commander
Nittript Lal Badhwar
3955 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

23 Jan 67 - 18 Sep 68
Wing Commander
Prakashnarain Jainarain Mehra
4037 GD(P)
CO
Chandigarh

19 Sep 68 - 08 Aug 71
Wing Commander
Sandip Sen
4356 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

09 Aug 71 - 14 Jan 73
Wing Commander
Jagjit Singh Sawhney
4449 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

15 Jan 73 - 19 Mar 75
Wing Commander
Ramesh Chandra Sondhi
4659 GD(P)
CO
Chandigarh

20 Mar 75 - 25 Mar 79
Group Captain
Chandra Kant Dhawan
4995 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

26 Mar 79 - 14 Jan 81
Group Captain
Verinder Puri
5199 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

15 Jan 81 - 14 Jan 83
Group Captain
Chander Parkash Puri
4917 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

05 Jan 83 - 29 Jun 86
Group Captain
Karimbil Kamalesh Babu
5874 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

30 Jun 86 - 27 Nov 88
Group Captain
Satish Kapoor
6774 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

28 Nov 88 - 15 Jul 90
Group Captain
Raj Pal Singh Garcha
8413 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

16 Jul 90 - 04 Jul 93
Group Captain
Ramamoorthy Vijay Kumar
10918 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

05 Jul 93 - 31 May 95
Group Captain
Peter Keith Pinto
8419 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

01 Jun 95 - 29 Mar 98
Group Captain
Dhiraj Kukreja
13130 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

30 Mar 98 - 01 Jul 01
Group Captain
Satish Pal Singh
13770 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

23 Jul 01 - 06 Jul 03
Group Captain
Raju Stephen
14689 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

07 Jul 03 - 03 Jul 05
Group Captain
Surendranath Mohanty
16052 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

04 Jul 05 - 15 Jul 07
Group Captain
Birender Singh Yadav
17166 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

16 Jul 07 - 31 May 09
Group Captain
Joseph Xavier Israel
17167 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

30 Aug 10 -
Group Captain
Bhartendra Singh
19874 F(P)
CO
Chandigarh

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