Central Air Command


Date Raised : 1963-06-10 Location : Allahabad
The Central Air Command was formed at Rani Kuthee, Calcutta in Mar 1962. However with need to increase vigil along the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Tibetan borders, Calcutta was considered inappropriate location for the Central Air Command Headquarters and it was relocated at Allahabad in February 1966. The task assigned to this Command is to patrol the North Central sector of this country from Himachal border to Sikkim. The area assigned to command stretches from Bareilly/Agra in the North to Bihta/Darbhanga in the East from Indo-Nepal border in the North to Nagpur in the South.
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Commanding Officers


10 Jun 63 - 04 Mar 66
Air Vice Marshal
Shivdev Singh
1595 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Calcutta

05 Mar 66 - 31 Dec 66
Air Vice Marshal
Kundan Lal Sondhi
1566 GD(P)
AOC-in-C
Calcutta

01 Jan 67 - 28 Mar 68
Air Vice Marshal
Hari Chand Dewan
1598 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Calcutta

29 Mar 68 - 31 Mar 71
Air Vice Marshal
Hrushikesh Moolgavkar
1644 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Apr 71 - 15 Jun 72
Air Vice Marshal
Maurice Barker
1691 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

16 Jun 72 - 25 Jun 72
Air Vice Marshal
Bandi Sreeramulu Krishnarao
1727 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

26 Jun 72 - 26 Jun 74
Air Marshal
Bandi Sreeramulu Krishnarao
1727 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

27 Jun 74 - 29 Feb 76
Air Marshal
Idris Hasan Latif
1804 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Mar 76 - 31 Jan 77
Air Marshal
George Kanishtkumar John
2132 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Feb 77 - 31 Dec 78
Air Marshal
Gian Dev Sharma
1742 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

10 Feb 79 - 20 Sep 81
Air Marshal
Trilochan Singh Brar
2884 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

21 Sep 81 - 31 Dec 83
Air Marshal
Balwant Wickram Chauhan
3352 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jan 84 - 31 Oct 84
Air Marshal
Denis Anthony Lafontaine
3844 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

06 Nov 84 - 31 May 86
Air Marshal
Ripu Daman Sahni
3867 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jun 86 - 31 Mar 87
Air Marshal
Johney William Greene
4093 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Apr 87 - 29 Feb 88
Air Marshal
Nirmal Chandra Suri
4236 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Mar 88 - 31 Dec 90
Air Marshal
Mohinder Singh Bawa
4494 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

11 Feb 91 - 30 Apr 92
Air Marshal
Swaroop Krishna Kaul
4721 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 May 92 - 26 Feb 93
Air Marshal
Pondicherry Jayarao Jayakumar
5037 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Mar 93 - 31 May 95
Air Marshal
Naresh Kumar
5057 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jun 95 - 30 Jun 96
Air Marshal
Dev Nath Rathore
5780 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jul 96 - 31 Mar 97
Air Marshal
Vinod Patney
6125 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Apr 97 - 30 Nov 97
Air Marshal
Srinivasapuram Krishnaswamy
6338 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

22 Dec 97 - 31 Oct 99
Air Marshal
Vinod Kumar Bhatia
6497 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Nov 99 - 31 Jul 00
Air Marshal
Vinod Patney
6125 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Aug 00 - 30 Apr 02
Air Marshal
Vinod Kumar Verma
6528 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 May 02 - 31 Jan 03
Air Marshal
Shashindra Pal Tyagi
8130 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Feb 03 - 31 Mar 04
Air Marshal
Brijendra Mohan Bali
8438 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Apr 04 - 30 Apr 05
Air Marshal
Raghu Rajan
8997 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 May 05 - 31 Oct 06
Air Marshal
Jaspal Singh Gujral
11300 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Nov 06 - 31 Dec 07
Air Marshal
Pradeep Vasant Naik
12005 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

31 Dec 07 - 30 Jun 09
Air Marshal
Packiam Paul Rajkumar
12018 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jul 09 - 31 Oct 11
Air Marshal
Gurdip Singh Kochar
13149 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Nov 11 - 31 May 12
Air Marshal
Arup Raha
13910 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jun 12 - 31 Jul 14
Air Marshal
Jasvinder Chauhan
14079 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Aug 14 - 31 Dec 15
Air Marshal
Kulwant Singh Gill
15220 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jan 16 - 31 Dec 18
Air Marshal
Shyam Bihari Prasad Sinha
16053 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jan 19 - 31 Jan 21
Air Marshal
Rajesh Kumar
16770 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Feb 21 - 31 May 21
Air Marshal
Amit Tiwari
16806 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

01 Jul 21 -
Air Marshal
Richard John Duckworth
17136 F(P)
AOC-in-C
Allahabad

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