37 Wing


Date Raised : 1993-09-15 Location : Carnicobar
The IAF commenced operations at Car Nicobar in 1956 with the establishment of a Staging Post essentially for refuelling of aircraft flying logistics support missions from the mainland across the Bay of Bengal. The IAF extended the runway at Car Nicobar to nearly 9, feet in 1967. The first helicopter of the IAF, a Mi-8, was inducted at Car Nicobar in 1982 and was built up to a Flight strength by April 1, 1985. The IAF inducted an Air Defence Units as well. With the increase in the level of forces deployed, the air base was upgraded to a Forward Base Support Units (FBSU) on August 23, 1986. The FBSU was subsequently replaced by No 37 Wing that was established on September 15, 1993 and location was shifted from Car Nicobar to Port Blair. It was fully functional in 2000 under the command of HQ SAC. Subsequently it as moved under the command of HQ AFC (Air Force Component) in A&N Command.
Unit previously existed as 15 FBSU

Commanding Officers


15 Sep 93 - 23 Aug 94
Group Captain
Surinder Singh Bains
11288 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

05 Jun 95 - 26 Oct 97
Group Captain
Raghupati Saran Das
13158 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

27 Oct 97 - 01 Feb 00
Group Captain
Ram Karan Makar
13796 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

02 Feb 00 - 16 Jun 02
Group Captain
Sanjiv Mishra
14094 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

17 Jun 02 - 09 May 04
Group Captain
Pobbarira Belliappa Devayya
15560 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

10 May 04 - 04 Jan 05
Group Captain
Vivek Vikash Bandopadhayay
15863 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

07 Mar 05 - 17 Jul 05
Group Captain
Ravi Dhar
14559 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

18 Jul 05 - 24 Jun 07
Group Captain
Anup Kumar Prabhakaran
16808 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

25 Jun 07 - 30 Apr 09
Group Captain
Rajeev Sharma
17004 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

Unknown -
Group Captain
Rohit Mahajan
19187 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

Unknown -
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

Unknown -
Group Captain
Sunii Shankarayya Sadashivpeth
22116 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

Unknown -
Group Captain
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Stn Cdr
Carnicobar

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