Geological Survey of India

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Geological Survey of India (GSI), established in 1851, is a government organization which is an office attached to the Ministry of Mines of the Government of India for conducting geological surveys and studies. GSI is the prime provider of basic earth science information to the government, industry and the general public. In 1965 a separate Department of Airborne Mineral Surveys & Exploration (AMSE) was created in New Delhi by the Government with the objective of utilizing airborne geophysics in mineral resource exploration programmes. In September 1970 AMSE was absorbed into GSI as a specialised Wing. In 1973 the AMSE headquarters moved from New Delhi to Bangalore.

Under Operation Hard Rock, AMSE placed its first contract with a US aerial survey company to produce low-altitude aerogeophysical data during 1967-68. In 1971-72 the Compagnie Generale De Geophysique (CGG) of France was contracted to produce additional data. Further contracts were placed externally until in 1986, AMSE took delivery of its own dedicated aircraft, a DHC-6 Twin Otter. In March 2000 the TOASS sensing system on the aircraft was upgraded to modern standards.

Some time around 2010 ASME was renamed the Remote Sensing & Aerial Surveys (RSAS) Wing of GSI. In 2014 the RSAS took delivery of the first Heliborne sensing system, installed on a HAL Dhruv.

Key Dates

August 1851 Geological Survey of India first established.
1965 Department of Airborne Mineral Surveys & Exploration (AMSE) created.
1967 Contract for first aerial survey issued to US company.
September 1970 AMSE absorbed into GSI as a specialised Wing.
1973 AMSE Wing HQ moved from New Delhi to Bangalore.
1986 AMSE obtains its own aircraft for the first time – a DHC-6.
March 2000 DHC-6 aircraft based TOASS upgraded.
2010? AMSE renamed RSAS.
2014 RSAS obtains a survey-equipped helicopter for the first time.

Current Status

The aircraft of the GSI are fully operational.

Future Plans

With continuously increasing demand for survey work, another aircraft may be needed in the near future.

Markings

National Insignia

GSI aircraft are basically white overall, with a red fuselage cheatline that extends up the tail fin. The DHC-6 has full GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF INDIA service titles on the fuselage sides, while the Dhruv just has the initials GSI.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

GSI aircraft operate with civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 1 0 Survey
HAL Dhruv 1 1 0 Survey

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 1 1986 current Canada
HAL Dhruv 1 2014 current India

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

No losses known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

GSI Complex, Vasudha Bhavan, Kumaraswamy Layout, Bangalore-560078 Karnataka.

Organisational Structure

The GSI includes a Remote Sensing & Aerial Surveys (RSAS) wing which operates aircraft for remote sensing operations.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main base is at Bangalore.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

See above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

GSI official website

Airborne Geophysical Survey

planespotters.net: DHC-6

Airliners.net

GSI to Deploy HAL Dhruv for Heliborne Surveys

Geological Survey of India looks to industry for funding

Airborne Mineral surveys & Exploration

Remote Sensing Aerial Survey

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

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Vol.1 No.1 VI/1974
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Laying the Sargodha Ghost to Rest
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The Future For Air India; India’s Space Programme Till 2000 A.D.
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Anti-Ship Missiles; I.A.F. In Jaffna; CGAS Daman; The Bear In Space
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Druk-Air – Bhutan’s Airline; Soviet Views of Stealth Aircraft; The Libyan Incident
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National Security & Air Power; Indian Air Power Demo ’89; Defence of the Deccan; AEW at Sea
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Mirage 2000 & MiG-29; Indian Peacekeeping Force; 19 Sqn in Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka Air Force; Hindustan Aero
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Indian Navy Helicopters in Antartica; Indian Helicopters in Action – Siachin Glacier; 1989 Paris Show
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Air Show Canada: Trade Aspects; Looking to 2020; Flying at Abbotsford, BC; Canadian Aviation and India
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India’s Missiles – A New Dimension in South Asia
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Indian AF in the 1990s; Remarkable TSR.2; Exercise Zarb-E-Momin Pakistan Report; Grand Voyage to Neptune
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Indian AF in Sri Lanka; Airbus A320; Asian Aerospace ’90; Singapore AF; Air Race to Malaysia
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Indian AF Flying Training; Indian Defence Report; Indian Naval Air Group at War 2; Aerospace Giant – Dassault
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India’s LCA; Hindustan Aeronautics – 50 Years On; The Hypersonic Regime
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Lufthansa & The New Germany; Farnborough 90; Battle of Britain; Indian AF Flight Safety
Vol.16 No.1 VI/1990
[Vayu] The Indian Naval Air Arm – Modernisation And Expansion; The Lost Decade (HAL’s project designs)
Vol.16 No.2 I/1991
Pawan Hans Ltd – Heli Services; Desert Shield to Desert Storm; Iraqi AF; Gulf War
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Gnat Into History; Lessons of Gulf War; Gnat’s in Peace and War
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Paris Air Salon ’91; Genesis of India’s Civil Airlines; Indian Airlines; Flgiht Testing
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Man on Mars 2020; 100 Years of Aviation; Powering into the 21st Century; FBW and the Glass Cockpit; Flying the Tu-124
Vol.16 No.6 V/1991
Six Decades Indian AF; Stealth Technology; Arms Switch? USAF in Operation Desert Storm
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Indian Air Ops in Dec ’71 War; Pak AF Strike Potential in the 90s; ‘Operation Poonching’ 1947
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LCA Options; MiG-21 and It’s Clones; Northrop F-5; No.4 Sqn Indian AF 1942-92
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ILA 92 At Berlin; Airports Modernise; The Ubiqutous Herk
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The IAF’s Diamond: 60 Years
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Regional Air Liners; Israel’s Aircraft Industry; No.1 Squadron Diamond Jubilee
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The Oman Air Force; Back To Mother Russia?; The Sukhoi Su-27 Family; Prithyi Battlefield Missiles
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Farnborough 1994; Confidence & Circumstance; The Su-27 Family
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20 Years of Indian Aerospace and the Vayu; MiG-21
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[Vayu 2000] Preparing For The 21st Century
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The Mushrooming New Airlines of India
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Attack Helicopters; Paris Panorama ’95; VJ-Day
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Aircraft Carriers For The Indian Navy: For & Against; Sea Power & Indian Security
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Air India’s MCLR Quest; The Choice of Powerplants; TACOE is 25
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Indian Air Transport Industry – Towards The Year 2000; The Helicopter Scenario; Pacific Air Forces
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HAL’s “Flagship” Programme – The Advanced Light Helicopter
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Aero India’96; IAF Yelahanca; Thunder Over Dacca 1971
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US Air Force at 50; From Su-11 to Su-37; The M.O.D. Report 1996-97
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Indian Airlines – Experience & Confidence
Vol.22 No.6 V/1997
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The 1971 Liberation War: Supersonic Air Combat
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HAL Lancer helicopter; New Age at HAL; Asian Airports Meet; A Matter of Honour
Vol.23 No.3 II/1998
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ALH: In High Places; The Light Combat Aircraft and its Haunted Heritage; The Summer of 1998
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The Jet Airways Story; ATR Family For India; Civil Aviation 2010
Vol.23 No.6 V/1998
20 Years Of The Jaguar With The Indian Air Force; Leadership And National Security; Farnborough International ’98
Vol.24 No.1 Nov-Dec 1998
The Light Combat Aircraft… A Turbulent Journey!
Vol.24 No.2 I/1999
Aero India ’98 Show; Reflections on the LCA; Emirates: A Role Model
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The IAFs AJT Vision; 10 Years… And Counting; When Lightning Strikes
Vol.24 No.4 III/1999
The Airbus Vision… and India; Agni II Implications; Army Aviation Options
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Air Operations in Karol; Paris Air Show ’99; Uzbekistan Airways
Vol.24 No.6 V/1999
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Vol.25 No.1 VI/1999
Nov-Dec 1999. Special Issue: The Best of Vayu over 25 Years. Editorial; A Chronology of Aerospace Events 1974-1999; Aerospace in India: News; Defence News; Civil Aviation News; The Indian Air Force at 42; The Indian Air Force at 67; The Other Air Arms; Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: 50 years On; New Developments at HAL; HAL’s “Flagship” Programme – The Advanced Light Helicopter; The Indian Naval Air Arm – Modernisation and Expansion; The Lost Decade (HAL design projects); The Light Combat Aircraft… A Turbulent Journey!; The Aero Club of India 1928-1978; The Future For Air India; Indian Airlines – Experience & Confidence; The Mushrooming of New Airlines in India; India’s Space Programme Till 2000 A.D.; First Indian in Space; India’s Missiles – A New Dimension in South Asia; Production & Development News; Corporate Affairs; Space News; A selection from the editor’s air mail [128 pages]
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Israeli UAVs: Forces of the Future
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The “Wop” – Wapiti IIs in IAF Service; An IAF Inheritance: The Consolidated B-24 Liberator
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Ex Cope India 2004
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Special Issue Aero India 2005: Interview with the new Chief of Air Staff; The Indian Air Force: Realities of the 21st Century; Indian Armed Forces in Fine Fettle: MoD annual report 2004; Take Off: Views on the proposed National Aeronautics Policy; Iskra Swan Song – Indian Air Force TS-11s; UAV Operations – The Indian Air Force; National Security: The specific Indian Experience; Radiance of the Tejas – the Light Combat Aircraft
Vol.30 No.3 II/2005
New UAV Systems from Israel and India; Mature Turboprops Selling Well; SSTs: End of the Marvel?; Russian Missile Boats and Patrol Craft of Asian Navies; AGFCS Developments from Russia; Aero India 2005; The Great Indian Aviation Quiz Contest; Aero India 2005 in Perspective; Radiance of the Tejas Part II
Vol.30 No.4 III/2005
The Airbus Technical Press Tour ’05; Focus on France’s Aerospace and Defence Industry; A Meteoric Reach: BVRAAM missiles; Upgrading Military Helicopters: Mil Hind; Attack and Utility Helicopters; Tranche Two of the Eurofighter Typhoon
Vol.30 No.5 IV/2005
Garuda II: Indian Air Force Execises in France; Sea Dragon: New life for the Il-38 MPA; 60 yrs After the War: Dinjan To Kunming; Champagne and Chicken Biryani!: The Paris Air Show 2005; Indian Orders Bedazzle at Le Bourget; An Independent Army Aviation Corps: The story till now; Helicopter Operations At High Altitude
Vol.30 No.6 V/2005
At 73: the Indian Air Force in need of a makeover; Countering the Threat: India’s Air Defence Network; The IAF’s M-MRCA requirement; The Moscow Air Show; 40 Years After September 1965L: Tank busting in the Chhamb; Fly Fly Fly!: The new civil aviation scenario in India
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Emerging India – Security and Foreign Policy Perspectives; Eyes over the Sea: Maritime Patrol Aircraft Options for India; Naval Aircraft of the 21st Century; Vitality of Air Power in Maritime Operations; PROJECT 71: India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier; The new age of artillery; Indo-Russian Defence cooperation gets stronger; Rolls-Royce: A continuing success story; The Birds of INS Hansa
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Additional information welcome

Historical Unit Assignments

of the Indian Coast Guard


Chetak CG 815. (photo, Simon Watson)


Historical unit assignments for the ICGAW are listed for the following dates:
May 1982   1987   1991   1996   1999   2001   Current Order of Battle

May 1982

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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Fokker F.27 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAE Goa (Dabolim)

1987

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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Fokker F.27 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 750 Do 228-101 CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAE Goa (Dabolim)

1991

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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Fokker F.27 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 744 Do 228-101 CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
CGAS 750 Do 228-101 CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAE Goa (Dabolim)
CGAS 848 HAL Chetak CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)

1996

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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Fokker F.27 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 744 Do 228-101 CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
CGAS 745 Do 228-101 CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Isles
CGAS 750 Do 228-101 CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 841 HAL Chetak CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 848 HAL Chetak CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)

1999

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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Do 228-101 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 744 Do 228-101 CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
CGAS 745 Do 228-101 CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Isles
CGAS 750 Do 228-101 CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAE Goa (Dabolim)
CGAS 841 HAL Chetak CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 848 HAL Chetak CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)

2001

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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Do 228-101 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 744 Do 228-101 CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
CGAS 745 Do 228-101 CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Isles
CGAS 750 Do 228-101 CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAE Goa (Dabolim)
CGAS 841 HAL Chetak CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 848 HAL Chetak CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
Port Blair Chetak Flight HAL Chetak CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Isles.

Current Unit Assignments
Indian Coast Guard


Four Do 228s from CGAS 700 in formation.
(photo, Simon Watson)


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Squadron Type Base
CGAS 700 Do 228-101 CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum)
CGAS 744 Do 228-101 CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
CGAS 745 Do 228-101 CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Isles.
CGAS 747 Do 228-101 CGAE Kochi (Cochin)
CGAS 750 Do 228-101 CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 800 HAL Chetak CGAE Goa (Dabolim)
CGEFU HAL Dhruv CGAE Goa (Dabolim)
CGAS 841 HAL Chetak CGAS Daman (Bombay)
CGAS 842 HAL Chetak INS Kunjali, Mumbai
CGAS 848 HAL Chetak CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah)
Port Blair Chetak Flight HAL Chetak CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Isles.

Coast Guard Air Squadron 700

of the Indian Coast Guard

History

Coast Guard Air Squadron 700 (CGAS 700) was the first fixed-wing unit of the ICG. It was first activated with two Fokker F27s on dry lease from Indian Airlines on 30 July 1983. They had no special reconnaissance sensors, and so all missions were flown using unaided aircrew vision. By August 1997 the lease had expired and the aircraft were returned to Indian Airlines. The unit therefore commenced re-equipment with the Do 228 in early 1997. The unit role is maritime patrol of the Bay of Bengal region, under the control of CGS Haldia.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Fokker F27-101 2 July 1983 – Aug 1997   CG 710
Dornier Do 228-101 4 early 1997 – Present   CG 752, CG 754

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
CGAE Kolkata (Calcutta Dum Dum) July 1983 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • To be added

Other Sources

To be added.

Coast Guard Air Squadron 744

of the Indian Coast Guard

History

Coast Guard Air Squadron 744 (CGAS 744) was the first unit to be equipped with the Do 228. It was first formed on 2 April 1990 (some sources say 10 April) with one Do 228 and two pilots at Meenambakkam airport. By 28 April 1991 (or 26 April), when it was formally commisioned, it had 4 Do 228s and had moved to the newly opened ICG air station at Meenambakkam. The unit role is maritime patrol along the Eastern coast of India.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Dornier Do 228-101 4 Apr 1990 – Present   CG 757

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
Meenambakkam airport, Chennai Apr 1990 – Apr 1991
CGAS Chennai (Madras-Meenambakkah) Apr 1991 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • World Air Power Journal No.7 p.8-9

Other Sources

To be added.

Coast Guard Air Squadron 745

of the Indian Coast Guard

History

Coast Guard Air Squadron 745 (CGAS 745) was first activated on 5 January 1996 with two Do 228 aircraft. It operates from the premises of the Andoman and Nicobar Flying Institute. The unit role is maritime patrol of the Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands region.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Dornier Do 228-101 2 Jan 1996 – Present    

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
CGAE Port Blair, Andaman Islands Jan 1996 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • To be added

Other Sources

To be added.

Coast Guard Air Squadron 747

of the Indian Coast Guard

History

Coast Guard Air Squadron 747 (CGAS 747) was first activated circa 2003. The unit role is maritime patrol of the south Western coast of India.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Dornier Do 228-101 2 2003 – Present    

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
CGAE Kochi (Cochin) 2003 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • To be added

Other Sources

To be added.

Coast Guard Air Squadron 750

of the Indian Coast Guard

History

Coast Guard Air Squadron 750 (CGAS 750) was first commissioned on 18 July 1986 at Santa Cruz airport, Mumbai. It’s initial equipment was the two German-built Do 228-101s. The third German Dornier arrived in July 1987. In mid 1988 the unit received the first two HAL-built Do 228-101. In January 1987 (some sources state June) the unit moved to a new permanent base at Daman. The unit role is maritime patrol of the Western coast of India.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
Dornier Do 228-101 5 July 1986 – Present   CG 755

Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added

Main Bases

Base Duration
Santa Cruz Airport, Mumbai (Bombay) July 1986 – January 1987
CGAS Daman (Bombay) January 1987 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • To be added

Other Sources

To be added.

Coast Guard Air Squadron 800

of the Indian Coast Guard

History

Coast Guard Air Squadron 800 (CGAS 800) was the first ICG air unit to be established. It was formally commissioned on 22 May 1982 with 2 Chetak helicopters (CG 801 and CG 802) at Dabolim Airport, Goa. By 1993 the unit was reported to be at Daman, but in 1998 was reported to be back at Dabolim. This move was probably associated with the creation of 841 Sqn at Daman. The unit role is liaison/SAR.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Badge Example Serials
HAL Chetak 8? May 1982 – Present   CG 803, CG 814

Unit Markings

Figure 1
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Main Bases

Base Duration
CGAE Goa (Dabolim) May 1982 – ?
CGAS Daman (Bombay) by 1993
CGAE Goa (Dabolim) by 1998 – Present

Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

  • Vayu Aerospace Review

Other Sources

To be added.