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Air Marshal Simhakutty Varthaman

Service No 13606 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 09 Feb 1974 Course 111 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Nov 2012
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1991Acting Gp Capt : 29 Mar 1996Air Cmde : 15 Feb 2003AVM : 02 Apr 2007
Air Marshal : 01 Sep 2009C-in-C : 01 Aug 2011
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

02 Aug 1993 - 16 Jul 1995Wg CdrNo. 30 SquadronTezpur CO
- Gp Capt45 WingSirsa Stn Cdr
- Air CmdeEmbassy of India, FranceParis Air Attache
01 Mar 2007 - AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi ACAS (Int)
01 Jul 2009 - 31 Jul 2011Air MshlCentral Air CommandAllahabad SASO
01 Aug 2011 - 30 Nov 2012Air MshlEastern Air CommandShillong AOC-in-C
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 4
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Wg Cdr Simhakutty Varthaman was commissioned on 09 Feb 74. He is a qualified Flying Instructor and a Test Pilot and has more than 3000 hours of accident-free fighter flying to his credit.

He is qualified on MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27 aircraft. At the BRD, his task included duties of COO and air testing of aircraft produced after manufacture/overhaul/medium repair/ storage by HAL and BRD. He flew 667 accident free sorties amounting to 470 hours. He rendered valuable help in finalizing five major trials and modifications. Ozar complex consisting of HAL and the BRD has been designated as vital area in the Maharashtra Air Defence Sector of South Western Air Command. Three major Air Defence exercises were conducted at this base. During one of the exercises, Guided Weapons Squadrons were inducted for the first time. Wg Cdr Varthaman, with the help of a few technicians and one technical officer, established a Base Air Defence Centre (BADC) from scratch. He also established Operational Readiness Platform and allied communication system for the exercise. Several successful interceptions were carried out during the exercise.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr S Varthaman.

Unit : 11 BRD
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2002Announced 26 Jan 2002
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Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVMSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2010Announced 26 Jan 2010
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Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalSimhakutty Varthaman13606 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2013Announced 26 Jan 2013
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