No. 109 Helicopter Unit, Indian Air Force

No. 109 Helicopter Unit, Indian Air Force

No. 109 Helicopter Unit, Indian Air Force

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No.109 Hellicopter Unit (Knights) is a squadron of the Indian Air Force. Raised on August 26, 1961 equipped with Mi 4, it later converted to Mi 8 in 1974. Based at Coimbatore VOCB, it currently forms a part of the Southern Air Command..

Since its raising, No. 109 HU has been involved in almost all major military operations, flying in support of Indian Army right from the 1962 conflict with China, to supporting IPKF operations against the LTTE in Sri Lanka in 1987.

Crest

No. 109 HU has, as its emblem, A tribladed rotary on the backdrop of the Himalayan mountains. Below this crest, the words Apatsu Mitram (Sanskrit- Friend in need), are inscribed upon a scroll in Devnagari.

History

1962 Sino Indian War

No 109 HU had been thrust into action right from the moment of its birth when, in 1962, the Sino-Indian War Broke out. The unit maintained a two aircraft detachment under the Eastern Air Command, which served extensively in CASEVAC and logistics missions in and around the Spiti Valley. in face of extremes of conditions and harshest of terrains.

Following the war, 109 was deployed in a number of different roles, from supporting the Border Roads Development Organisation, in the North East India, to flying in support of disaster relief following the Jagahri floods in Uttar Pradesh in 1963.

The military role of 109, however, again came into calling when riots broke...
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