9 October 2017

Two King Cobras Named Ravi Dhir

By Dr Krishna S Dhir, PhD

In the Indian Armed Forces there are two Cobra Squadrons, both engaged in reconnaissance, albeit in different Services, and, amazingly, both had a Ravi Dhir for their Commanding Officers … yes, two different individuals with the same name! One Cobra Squadron is with the Indian Navy and the other with the Indian Air Force. On 21st of March in 1961, INAS (Indian Naval Air Squadron) 310 was created in Hyeres, France, with 12 newly acquired Breguet 1050 Alizé aircrafts, which were later augmented by two more in 1968. The Squadron was named Cobra.

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