Jammu, Nov 6: Group Captain Nicodemus Manohar Samuel took over the command of Air Force Station Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.
Official sources said, that Group Captain Nicodemus Manohar Samuel replaced Group Captain G Amar Babu yesterday while a ceremonial parade was carried out on the occasion of taking over of command.
''Group Captain Nicodemus Manohar Samuel was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on June 1984 and he has flown over 4,500 hours on various helicopters and trainer aircrafts in the Indian Air Force, sources told to the sources.
''He also took active part in operation 'Pawan" as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka in 1988-90 and was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry in 1989," sources said.
Meanwhile, he commanded in Mi-8 helicopter unit in the North East in 2001-2003 and another Mi-8 unit as part of United Nation Peace Keeping Force in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2005.