Jai Shree Varte Veeram, meaning victory garlands the gallant, is a bye word to the soul and spirit of one of the most operational commands of the Indian Air Force, the South Western Air Command.
Originally established as No 1 Operational Group at Jodhpur on 21 Sep 1972, it was subsequently rechristened as the South Western Air Command on 23 Jul 1980. The operational area, carved out of the Western Air Command, included most of Rajasthan and the entire Gujarat. he crest of the South Western Air Command depicts the national emblem on the top as a pendant of a garland of flowers with "Dakshin Paschim Vayu Kaman" encrypted inside in a semi circle. The centre is adorned by a dagger with wings. At the base, under the inscription 'Bharatiya Vayu Sena', is a scroll with the command motto "Jai Shree Varte Veeram".
In a major expansion in the mid eighties, the units located at Pune and Mumbai were transferred from Central Air Command.
Goa area of Southern Air Command was also added to the jurisdiction of this Command. Thus, the entire south western area of the country came under the air defence umbrella of SWAC. Keeping in view the increasing operational importance of the command, it was decided by Air HQ to move the Command Headquarters from Jodhpur to Gandhinagar. The new HQ was inaugurated on 01 May 1998 by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Keshubhai Patel. The grand ceremony held on the occasion included a fly past by fighters and helicopters, an aerobatics display by SU-30 and Surya Kiran aircraft and a free fall display by the Akash Ganga para-jumping team.
The old MLAs' Hostel in Sector - 9, Gandhinagar, where the SWAC HQ is situated, has been suitably renovated. With well equipped offices, properly maintained lawns and roads, and other facilities, it is a beautiful place to work in. The construction of new buildings and infrastructure work has started at Chiloda. In year or two HQ SWAC will shift to its new location near Gandhinagar.
The IAF has acquired 258 acres of land at Chiloda near Gandhinagar for this project. The Bhoomi Poojan and Plantation Ceremony was held on 29 Jan 08.
The acquired land is located close to village Chiloda and is approximately 35 KM from Ahmedabad and 7 KM from the present Command HQ complex in Sector - 9 Gandhinagar.
Air Mshl KD Singh PVSM AVSM ADC AOC-in-C SWAC, IAF & Mrs Neelam Singh President AFWWA (R) at Bhoomi Poojan and Plantation Ceremony at Chiloda on 29 Jan 08
Project management team consisting of Air force & MES officers & staff has been formed for close monitoring & smooth execution of the works services of OTM accommodation.
When fully developed, the campus would have the entire gamut of facilities required for the functioning of HQ SWAC. These include:-
Work services for the above facilities are in progress and efforts are on to complete the construction by Dec 2010.
South Western Air Command is dedicated to securing the inviolability of the Indian Skies and to ensure the integrity of airspace above the nation's land and sea territories within its area of responsibility. Since its inception, SWAC, one of the premier operational commands of the IAF, has ceaselessly operated in peace and war and has never let down its guard. Indeed, an Air arm can never afford to lessen its pace of operational activities and readiness, flying by day and night through all seasons. Avionics is developing at an ever quickening pace bringing into its fold a whole new breed of airmen with their astounding expertise, steely toughness and undaunted courage. Indeed South Western Air Command lives by its motto 'Jai Shree Varte Veeram'.
|Air Vice Mshl D Subia PVSM VrC||01 Nov 72||26 Jun 74|
|Air Mshl EJ Dhatigara PVSM KC||27 Jun 74||28 Feb 76|
|Air Mshl Randhir Singh PVSM AVSM VrC||01 Mar 76||13 Sep 76|
|Air Mshl Dilbagh Singh AVSM VM||14 Sep 76||28 Aug 78|
|Air Mshl JR Bhasin PVSM AVSM VM||29 Aug 78||22 Jul 80|
|Air Mshl JR Bhasin AVSM VM||23 Jul 80||30 Jun 83|
|Air Mshl CV Gole AVSM VM ADC||01 Jul 83||31 Oct 84|
|Air Mshl S Raghavendran PVSM AVSM ADC||01 Nov 84||06 Jan 86|
|Air Mshl PP Singh PVSM MVC AVSM ADC||08 Jan 86||28 Feb 87|
|Air Mshl SK Mehra PVSM AVSM VM ADC||01 Mar 87||30 Jul 88|
|Air Mshl PK Dey PVSM AVSM ADC||01 Aug 88||31 Mar 92|
|Air Mshl BD Jayal PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC||01 Apr 92||30 Sep 93|
|Air Mshl SK Sareen PVSM VM||06 Oct 93||03 Jun 94|
|Air Mshl KC Cariappa PVSM VM ADC||06 Jun 94||31 Jan 96|
|Air Mshl SR Despande PVSM AVSM VM ADC||01 Feb 96||30 Nov 97|
|Air Mshl S Krishnaswamy PVSM AVSM VM & Bar ADC||01 Dec 97||31 Oct 99|
|Air Mshl VK Bhatia PVSM AVSM Vr C & Bar ADC||01 Nov 99||31 Jul 01|
|Air Mshl M McMahon PVSM AVSM VM ADC||01 Aug 01||31 Jan 03|
|Air Mshl SP Tyagi PVSM AVSM VM ADC||01 Feb 03||14 Nov 03|
|Air Mshl AR Ghandhi PVSM AVSM Vr C||17 Nov 03||30 Jun 04|
|Air Mshl SK Jain PVSM AVSM VM ADC||12 Jul 04||28 Feb 06|
|Air Mshl PK Mehra PVSM AVSM VM ADC||01 Feb 06||30 Apr 07|
|Air Mshl KD Singh PVSM AVSM ADC||01 May 07||30 Sep 09|