|Service No & Branch||12380 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: -- --- --||Commissioned: 13 Jun 1970||Course: 104 Course|
|Service End:||Retired on 30 Nov 2001|
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|01 Jan 1978 - 01 Jan 1980||Flt Lt||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||Flying Instructor|
|21 May 1988 - 23 Apr 1990||Wg Cdr||No.1 Squadron||Gwalior||Commanding Officer|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Wg Cdr||Sharad Uddhavrao Apte||12380 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1994|
|Details :|| |
Wg Cdr Sharad Uddhavrao Apte was commissioned on 13 Jan 70 and has been on the posted strength of Directorate of Operations (Air Defence), Air Headquarters since 23 Apr 90.
Wg Cdr Apte is a highly qualified and experienced Mirage-2000 pilot. He commanded one of the premier fighter squadrons for two years and both the years, the squadron was adjudged the 'Best Fighter Squadron of IAF'. It was also awarded the Best Flight Safety (CAC), Best Squadron on CAC (1990) and the IAF Instrument Rating Trophies.
During May 89, eight fully serviceable aircraft were damaged in a hangar collapse. Within a matter of three months all these aircrafts were repaired and flown, with Wg Cdr Apte flying the first air test sortie on each of these aircraft. He, thus, displayed high professional competence and extraordinary airmanship.
As Deputy Director Air Defence at Air Headquarters, Wg Cdr Apte, with his professional knowledge and planning abilities was able to resolve the long outstanding problems of War Wastage Reserve of Mirage fleet including specialist weapons in relatively short period.
For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr SU Apte.
|Unit : 1 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994|