Indian Air Force

IAF Sqn No 222 re-energized with Tigersharks

Sqn No 222 was raised at Ambala on 15 Sep 69 with Su-7 aircraft. Later, the squadron moved to Halwara in Jul 71 and was soon made to engage in active combat OPs in the 1971 war.

The squadron launched counter airstrikes against Risalewala and Chander airfields with immense success despite intense enemy opposition, then at that time. Close air support was centered around Dera-Baba-Nanak, Hussainiwala and Firozpur sectors. In the post-war period, the unit continued its relentless task of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and gained wide acclaim for exercises, gunnery meets and inspections.

The Sqn shifted back to Ambala in May 75 and further to Hindon in May 81. In Dec 85 the squadron became the first unit in the IAF to be equipped with MiG-27 aircraft and was named “The Tigersharks”.

The squadron moved to Hashimara on 19 May 89. The unit has been privileged to be honoured with one Mahavir Chakra, three Vir Chakras, three VMs, two Ms-in-D and numerous commendations in recognition to its valuable service to the nation. The squadron was number plated in Mar 11 at Hashimara and was resurrected on 01 Jan 20, and on 20 Jan 20 the mighty Su-30 MKIs were inducted into the squadron over a water canon salutation.

No 222 Squadron, the Tigersharks were inducted at Air Force Station Thanjavur in a ceremony attended by General Bipin Rawat PVSM UYSM AVSM YSM SM VSM ADC, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC , Chief of the Air Staff, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, Air Marshal Amit Tiwari AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding

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