AFS Sambra


Location : Belgaum
Belgaum camp along with an airstrip was built in the early 1940s. No 672 Squadron of the Royal Air Force was active at Sambra Base during World War II from February 26 to 30, 1945. The squadron was moved to Sambra to use it for airborne operations by South East Asia Command. In 1948, Belgaum base camp was taken over by the Special Reserve Police of Karnataka. In 1961, a detachment landed at this base to carry out specific operations for Goa liberation. Sambra was taken over by IAF when No 1 GTS, located at Jalahalli, was shifted to Sambra in 1963. On 15 Dec 2001, ATI shifted back to Tambaran and the station was renamed as Airmen Training School (ATS). It was reassigned the task of conducting Joint Basic Phase Training (JBPT). The station was renamed as 405 AFS Sambra but continued to be addressed as ATS. ATS now has two training wing – ATS (Now called Basic Training Institute (BTI) and NTTI. In addition Air Force School of Physical Fitness and 253 SU are also lodger Units

Commanding Officers


01 Jan 72 - 04 Aug 74
Wing Commander
Shri Krishna Chandra Gupta
3568 ADM
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

05 Aug 74 - 06 Jun 76
Group Captain
Amrik Singh Ahluwalia
4778 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

Unknown - 01 Apr 78
Wing Commander
William George Beddoe
4686 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Apr 78 - 31 Aug 79
Wing Commander
Virendra Naidu
4920 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Oct 79 - 01 Oct 80
Wing Commander
Om Prakash Taneja
5510 ADM
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

27 Oct 80 - 01 Nov 83
Group Captain
Arun Kumar Bahl
5330 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Mar 84 - 01 Jun 85
Group Captain
Krishnan Narayan Nair
6346 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Jun 85 - 01 Oct 86
Group Captain
Deepak Anand
5588 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Oct 86 - 01 May 87
Group Captain
Anand Sakharam Gangoli
7435 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Jun 87 - 01 Oct 89
Group Captain
Shyam Sunder Singh Chauhan
8780 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Oct 89 - 01 Apr 92
Group Captain
Ashley Malcolm Rodriques
8186 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 May 92 - 01 Jul 94
Group Captain
Servio Cristo Fernandes
11363 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Jul 94 - 31 Dec 96
Group Captain
Rajkumar Joseph Williams
9036 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Jan 97 - 01 Mar 00
Group Captain
Conrad Anthony Dalton
12430 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Apr 00 - 31 Aug 02
Group Captain
Ravinder Singh Raghav
13142 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

31 Aug 02 - 01 Jul 05
Group Captain
Sudhir Kumar Sinha
14084 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Jul 05 - 01 Jul 08
Group Captain
Kumar Krishnachandrasinghji Gohil
14688 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

07 Jul 08 - 01 Nov 09
Group Captain
Kulkarni Raghavendra
17161 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 Nov 09 - 24 Apr 12
Group Captain
Joseph Vithayathil Paul
17165 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

01 May 12 - 01 Aug 14
Group Captain
Stanzin Thenless
19970 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Belgaum

27 Jun 17 - 01 Jul 18
Air Commodore
Arun Bhaskar Gupta
18121 F(P)
AOC
Belgaum

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