PAF Sargodha base which is also called “PAF Base Mushaf”. This Base is located in Sargodha, Punjab province of Pakistan. It is the central air command of PAF headquarters. The old name of that base was PAF Sargodha base until 2003, then it renamed in the honour of “former base commander and Chief of Air staff (Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir)” whose aero plane was crashed on a routine flight near Kohat at the same year.
The Combat Commanders Schools (CCS) has four Aims:
- Application of flying Tactics.
- Utilization of weapon systems.
- Standardization and Evaluation of various units.
- Research and Development in the field of Tactics.
The pilot’s courses are very tough. Once pilots select by the headquarters they experience three courses like the 4 to 5 months combat commander’s course, 3 months weapons course and 4 to 5 weeks fighter integration course. The successful graduates can attain the rank of “wing commander” and “command a squadron”.
Foreign chiefs of air staff visiting the base have been most impressed and surprise at the freedom chosen to the student DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training). CCS has two squadrons under its command.
- The “Skybolts” currently flying the “Dassault Mirage 111/5”.
- The “Dashings” currently flying the: Chengdu F.7P”.
CCS staff annually visit the all PAF fighter squadrons for enhance and evaluate the combat capabilities.
In 2007 on 1 November, a suicide bomber struck the 50 seat bus moving PAF officers to nearby kirana Ammunition depot, due to this killing 11 people including 7 officers and 28 injuring. The bombing took place on Faisalabad road where a motorcycle loaded with explosives rammed the bus and triggered the blast. All the officers were new staff posted to PAFB Mushaf for training. After that attacks the state of emergency have been imposed.