AFS Tambaram


Location : Tambaram (Chennai)
The Air Force Station is one of the oldest stations of the Indian Air Force dating back to the days of World War-II when Royal Naval Air Station was carved out of an American Naval Base. In 1947, it was rechristened as Royal Indian Air Force Station, Tambaram with No.2 Ground Training School. On January 26, 1950, the station was renamed No 2 GTS, Air Force Station Tambaram. An important chapter in the history was the addition of Flying Instructors' School on October 10, 1954. Finally, in 1963 the station was established as Air Force Station, Tambaram with FIS and No 2 GTS as its lodger Unitss. Group Captain Norman Alexander Tait, OBE was the first Commanding Officer of the Station, which also has the distinction of being commanded by a former Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal (then Group Captain) O P Mehra from 1950 to 1953. In 1980, the station was upgraded and Air Commodore B L Verma became the first AOC.
Unit previously existed as 1 GTS

Commanding Officers


14 Aug 62 - 08 Oct 64
Group Captain
Tekchand Gopaldas Kelly
1753 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Chennai

08 Oct 64 - 31 Mar 68
Group Captain
Jagbir Singh Bolarya
1663 GD(P)
Stn Cdr
Chennai

31 Mar 68 - 29 Dec 70
Group Captain
Harbinder Singh Bedi
3324 F(P)
Stn Cdr
Chennai

29 Dec 70 - 07 Jan 74
Group Captain
Polisetti Sivaji Gupta
3832 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Chennai

07 Jan 74 - 28 Jan 77
Group Captain
Bangshi Dhar Bargohain
4111 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Chennai

28 Jan 77 - 18 Mar 79
Group Captain
Bharat Lal Verma
4206 F(N)
Stn Cdr
Chennai

19 Mar 79 - 30 Dec 80
Air Commodore
Bharat Lal Verma
4206 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

30 Dec 80 - 06 Jan 82
Air Commodore
Krishnaswamy Subramanian
4213 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

06 Jan 82 - 09 Jan 84
Air Commodore
Mohan Chandra
4889 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

09 Jan 84 - 26 Mar 85
Air Commodore
Mangatil Karakad Chandrasekhar
4720 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

26 Mar 85 - 29 Dec 86
Air Commodore
Hamid Muhammed Shahul
5461 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

29 Dec 86 - 12 Sep 88
Air Commodore
Surinder Pal Dhawan
5298 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

12 Sep 88 - 28 Feb 89
Air Commodore
Sadanand Kulkarni
5292 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

06 Mar 89 - 31 Jul 91
Air Commodore
Shashikant Bhise
5924 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

09 Sep 91 - 20 Jan 94
Air Commodore
Ramesh Singh Sehgal
6792 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

20 Jan 94 - 16 Jan 96
Air Commodore
Harkirat Manmohan Singh
8482 F(N)
AOC
Chennai

16 Jan 96 - 20 Dec 98
Air Commodore
Prakash Narayandas Devy
8745 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

20 Dec 98 - 31 May 01
Air Commodore
Kuldeep Singh Sahota
9848 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

01 Oct 01 - 16 Oct 02
Air Commodore
Satish Kumar Sofat
12207 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

17 Oct 02 - 02 Jan 04
Air Commodore
Mohinder Pal Singh Gill
13604 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

02 Jan 04 - 15 Nov 04
Air Commodore
Sapan Kumar Karmaker
13379 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

16 Nov 04 - 29 Apr 07
Air Commodore
Malvinder Singh Ahluwalia
13809 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

30 Apr 07 - 28 Dec 08
Air Commodore
Tarun Kumar Varma
14273 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

29 Dec 08 - 10 Jan 10
Air Commodore
Ashok Lal
16031 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

11 Jan 10 - 21 Sep 11
Air Commodore
Sanjay Sharma
16227 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

22 Sep 11 - 29 Dec 13
Air Commodore
Sreekumar Prabhakaran
17318 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

30 Dec 13 - 17 Jul 16
Air Commodore
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99999
AOC
Chennai

17 Jul 16 - 02 Jan 18
Air Commodore
Seethepalli Shrinivas
18787 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

03 Jan 18 -
Air Commodore
Man Singh Awana
19153 F(P)
AOC
Chennai

Unknown -
Air Commodore
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99999
AOC
Chennai

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