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Air Vice Marshal Swaminathan Gopalakrishnan

Service No 12437 Branch AE(M)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 06 Jul 1970 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Apr 2005
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Nov 1990Gp Capt : 28 Mar 1994Air Cmde : 04 Jan 2001AVM : 01 Nov 2003
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

02 Jan 1999 - 15 Dec 2000Gp Capt1 Base Repair DepotKanpur CO
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrSwaminathan Gopalakrishnan12437 Award Date 26 Jan 1990Announced 26 Jan 1990
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtSwaminathan Gopalakrishnan12437 AE(M)Award Date 13 Jul 1990Announced 26 Jan 1991
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Flt Lt Gopalkrishanan Sreepal Warrier is on the posted strength of an Air Force Wing since 07 Dec 89 and has been working as Senior Engineer (mechanical).

On 03 Jul 90, one Chetak helicopter flown by Flt Lt MV Rao had to be left behind at Amar post due to engine failure. Change of engine to retrieve the helicopter from Amar post situated at 19000 ft AMSL and pressure altitude of 23000' in the face of random shelling and on the actual line of control, was a challenging task by any standards.

Flt Lt Sreepal volunteered to take upon himself the uphill task of replacing the engine at site. Notwithstanding the adverse weather condition and enemy shelling during the process of changing the engine by the team to successfully do the job which started at 1800 hours on 12 Jul 90 and ended at 0900 hrs on 13 Jul 90. The helicopter was flown out at 1740 hrs on 13 Jul 90.

For his exemplary courage, single-mindedness of purpose, determination and professionalism, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Flt Lt Gopalkrishanan Sreepal Warrier.

Unit : 111 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 24th August 1991 - No.3-Pres/91 dated 26th January 1991
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeSwaminathan Gopalakrishnan12437 AEMAward Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
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