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SSS Flight 142

The crest as enclosed depicts an early bird. The flamingo flying over the sea as the sun rises over the Arabian Sea.

The flamingo is a large beautiful bird, white in colour with brilliant pink on its wings. It is a native of the Gulf of Kutch and is found in large numbers in this area.

The sun rising over the Gulf of Kutch depicts the vest area of our operation over the Gulf of Kutch depicts the vast area of our operation over land and sea and our constant readiness for any task at the break of dawn.

"AAPTSU MITRAM" "friend in is a friendeed" is the motto of 141 SSS Flight and aptly describes the various roles performed by the flamings.

142 SSS Flt, AF was formed at Jamnagar on 01 Aug 1074 with MI-4 helicopter. The flight was entrusted with the task to support forward airbase, visual observation posts and Air Land/Air Sea rescue. The basic war time role of the flight is helicopter support in general or as required basis and other special tasks as and when ordered. While at Jamnagar the flight rendered timely help to state the government when during floods in Gujrat in 1976, the unit dropped approximately 2300 Kgs of food packets in the "Little Rann" area. It also rendered relief to the state of Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh in the operation in Gujrat in 1979.

The flight converted onto Chetak helicopter on 1 September 1981 and the unit moved to Kalaikunda on 7 May 1982. The unit again moved to Bagdogra on 6 December 1982. The flight was actively involved in flood relief operations in Aug 1982 at Bhubneswar. The unit dropped 27686 kgs of food packets in 173 sorties totalling 190:20 hrs of flying, commendable job indeed for a flight of its size. The unit was awarded the indeed for a flight of its size. The unit was awarded the prestigious HAL trophy for the best utilisation of Ctk/Cth fleet for 2 years in succession i.e. 1986 & 1987.

On 7 October 1988, Sqn Ldr S Misra along with Flt Lt MM Messes carried out safe evacuation of foreigners belonging to Austria, Switzerland and Germany from Bhutan. The evacuation was done from an altitude of 14300 ft in extremely critical weather condition with a total flying effort of 08 hrs in one day. For this Squadron Ldr S Misra was awarded Saurya Chakra. Again on 15 April 1989 Fg Offr Bhattacharya brought Kudos to the unit when he carried out a safe evacuation of Lt VK Sandhu at Kalaikunda from a burning aircraft within 10 minutes of ejection and flew him to Command Hospital Calcutta. For this Fg Offr Bhattacharya was awarded the AOC-in-C's commendation. On 11 October 1995 Squadron Ldr Rajeev Sharma was awarded "Vayu Sena Medal" for successful recovery of damaged aircraft from Kanchanjunga base camp at an altitude of 16,000 ft and aldo for the effort of evacuating 16 tourists from Bhutaneese terrain which was appreciated by Royal Govt of Bhutan.

The unit played invaluable role in the successful launch of Agni and its subsequent launches by flying a total of 123 hrs in 130 sorties for various tasks.

This unit also has the distinction of carrying out the first ever SAR by night (in Chetak) in IAF, in spite of the helicopter being fitted with floats and that too on a dark night.

The unit has always stood by during monsoon every year to give aid to civil authorities of West Bengal, Bihar and Sikkim.

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