No.51 Squadron Sword Arms

Motto : Yudhya Mahaspara Bhayankara
Date Raised : 1985-02-01 Location : Srinagar
No. 51 Squadron. known as Swordarms was raised at Chandigarh on 01 Feb 1985. The squadron was initially equipped with Mig-21 Type-75 and later converted the MIG-21 Bison Jan 2004. The crest of the Squadron portrays a pair of muscular arms firmly clasping a sword. depicting the motto “Vijyay Prakrarnan” which means 'Valour for Victory' Since its inception. the Squadron has lived up " "to its motto in various exercises. operations and campaigns. Swordarms participated during Op Safed Sagar (Kargil campaign) in 1999 and was conferred with one Vayu Sena Medal and three Mention-in-Dispatches for its effective contribution. During Operation Parakram the Squadron was tasked with the Air Defence Of Kashmir valley. In October 2008 Swordarms created history by undertaking for the first time ever fighter night ops at Udhampur airfield. The Sqn was first to fire over Toshe Maiden range and first to activate Kharbutang Range. For it's meritorious and glorious service to the nation in such a " "short span of time since it's inception, the squadron was awarded the President's Standards on 22nd March 2018. The squadron was once again tasked to defend the Kashmir Valley post the Balakot Air Strike in 2019.

Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Feb 85 - 17 Feb 85
Wing Commander
Virendra Kumar Chawla
7408 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

18 Feb 85 - 09 Nov 86
Wing Commander
Pradeep Kumar Yadav
9042 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

20 Nov 86 - 23 Sep 87
Wing Commander
Ramesh Chander Gosain
9447 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

24 Sep 87 - 24 Sep 89
Wing Commander
Shiv Kumar Bhan
12510 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

25 Sep 89 - 03 Jan 91
Wing Commander
Kanwar Bharatendra Singh
12197 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

04 Jan 91 - 25 Apr 93
Wing Commander
Bhupinder Pal Singh
12772 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

26 Apr 93 - 15 Mar 95
Wing Commander
Sashi Prakash Ojha
13394 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

16 Mar 95 - 25 Nov 96
Wing Commander
Rakesh Kumar Jolly
14083 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

26 Nov 96 - 21 Jun 99
Wing Commander
Pradeep Singh Randhawa
15035 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

22 Jun 99 - 13 Sep 01
Wing Commander
Nalin Kumar Tandon
16030 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

14 Sep 01 - 14 Jul 03
Wing Commander
Rakesh Rastogi
16974 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

15 Jul 03 - 24 Jul 05
Wing Commander
Om Nirmal Kumar
17440 F(P)
CO
Srinagar

25 Jul 05 - 25 Aug 07
Wing Commander
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Srinagar

26 Aug 07 - 28 Sep 08
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Srinagar

29 Sep 09 - 19 Jun 11
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Srinagar

20 Jun 11 - 31 Mar 13
Wing Commander
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Srinagar

01 Apr 13 - 16 Jun 13
Group Captain
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CO
Srinagar

17 Jun 13 - 31 Mar 14
Wing Commander
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Srinagar

01 Apr 14 - 21 Jun 15
Group Captain
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Srinagar

22 Jun 15 - 26 Jun 17
Group Captain
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Srinagar

27 Jun 17 - 02 Aug 17
Wing Commander
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Srinagar

03 Aug 17 -
Group Captain
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Srinagar

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