No.52 Squadron Sharks

Motto : Sadaiva Sarvottam
Date Raised : 1986-01-01 Location : Bidar
No. 52 Sqn AF, the youngest Squadron of the Indian Air Force, was formed on 01 Jan 86 at 16 Wing, Hashimara. Wg Cdr GM Viswanathan VM was the first Commanding Officer of "The Sharks" equipped with the T-77 ac. The primary role of the Squadron is Air defence and the secondary role is ground attack. However, during peace time the Squadron is given the additional responsibility of conducting MOFT syllabus of young pilots. The Sharks, during their short span of 12 years have gained appreciation for their professional approach and sound results. The Squadron has the distinction of winning the IF rolling trophy in its very first year of formation and continues to sustain its impressive performance.

The Squadron moved to Bagdogra during Jan 90 under the command of Wg Cdr AD Chibbar where it continued to perform its primary, secondary and peacetime role.

On 01 Nov 96 the Sqn moved to 14 Wing at Chabua. Number plated in June 2005, came back as Suryakirans (May 1, 2006) on the Kiran MK-II. It was again numberplated on 30 June 2011 and resurrected on the HAWKs in February 2015

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Aircraft Types operated over the years:

Commanding Officers


01 Jan 86 - 01 Nov 86
Wing Commander
Gopalasamudram Mahadevan Vishwanathan
9056 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

01 Nov 86 - 17 Dec 88
Wing Commander
Prakash Prahalad Dani
12214 F(P)
CO
Hashimara

18 Dec 88 - 19 Dec 90
Wing Commander
Ashok Dharam Chhibbar
12118 F(P)
CO
Hasimara/Bagdogra

20 Dec 90 - 31 Oct 92
Wing Commander
Ranjit Kumar Bora
12927 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

01 Nov 92 - 01 Feb 95
Wing Commander
Debananda Gohain
13388 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

01 Feb 95 - 07 Nov 96
Wing Commander
Rajinder Singh
13980 F(P)
CO
Bagdogra

08 Nov 96 - 06 Dec 98
Wing Commander
Suneet Shripad Soman
14681 F(P)
CO
Chabua

07 Dec 98 - 01 Dec 00
Wing Commander
Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha
16053 F(P)
CO
Chabua

01 May 06 - 30 Mar 08
Wing Commander
Sandeep Bansal
20438 F(P)
CO


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