New Delhi: On the occasion of 68th Independence Day the President of India Pranab Mukherjee conferred various gallantry awards on Defence personnel for their exceptional devotion toward nation. Following are the details of awards and awardees.
Shaurya Chakra - Wing Commander Huvey Upadhyaya
On 01 March 2014, Wing Commander Huvey Upadhyaya displayed courage, initiative and high situational awareness in reacting to the prevalent situation. He offloaded his helicopter at the helipad and set course in search & rescue of the overdue Army helicopter in Siachin Glacier.
Throughout this operation, he was under constant threat of enemy observation. Even a slight mishandling of helicopter controls during the operation would have led to a catastrophic accident. Through his valiant act under trying and near impossible conditions, he saved the lives of two army pilots and accentuated the spirit of jointmanship. For his act of exceptional courage, resolute determination and extraordinary flying skills, Wing Commander Huvey Upadhyaya was awarded of Shaurya Chakra.
Vayu Sena Medal - Wing Commander Rahul Shukla
On 20 January 2014, Wing Commander Rahul Shukla was detailed to ferry a MiG-21 T-69 aircraft from Kalaikunda to Ambala with a refuelling halt at Allahabad. Wg Cdr Shukla displayed exemplary courage, presence of mind, and was able to maintain his composure in adverse circumstances which led to the safe recovery of an aircraft with an engine problem in adverse weather conditions.
His skilful piloting and professional handling of an adverse situation prevented probable civilian casualties on ground and has set an excellent professional example for others to emulate. For his act of exemplary courage and professional handling of an unserviceable aircraft under difficult circumstances, Wing Commander Shukla was awarded Vayu Sena Medal (gallantry).
Shaurya Chakra (Posthumous) - Lt Cdr Manoran Kumar, Lt Cdr Kapish Singh Muwal
On 25 Feb 14 with a crew of 94 personnel embarked onboard, INS Sindhuratna while sailing for sea examination post completion of refit observed build-up of smoke in the IIIrd compartment which also houses one-half of the submarine's main batteries. Lt Cdr Manoranjan Kumar and Lt Cdr Kapish Singh Muwal in their capacity as the Officer-in-charge (IIIrd compartment) & Deputy Electrical officer respectively immediately mobilized all available personnel and damage control assets and commenced valiant effort towards controlling the grave emergency.
The officers laid down their life keeping with their responsibility as the Compartment officer & Electrical officer, safety of the submarine and personnel above their own. Their singular act of courage and bravery resulted in the damage being contained, casualties being minimised and extensive structural damage to the submarine being averted. Their valor and dedication is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Navy and ethos of the officer corp. Both the officers have been awarded Shaurya Chakra (Posthumous).
Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) - Cdr Gosavi Kaustubh Vijaykumar
On 27 Sep 13, Cdr KVK Gosavi, while borne with 842 Squadron (Helicopters) was required to undertake medical evacuation of two crew from a merchant ship (MV Kurobe) located 35 NM into the sea off Mumbai. Commander KVK Gosavi, the pilot in Command of the helicopter maintained his composure, reassured his crew, and displayed a high level of professionalism and skill in piloting at aircraft whilst effecting a successful MEDEVAC of a foreign national at extended ranges at sea.
The high levels of professionalism and resoluteness towards accomplishment of the mission in hostile weather conditions, whilst operating at fringes of Chetak helicopter ranges are beyond the call of duty, highly praiseworthy and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Services. Commander KVK Gosavi, has been awarded Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) for the same.