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Air Commodore Harish Nayani

Service No & Branch 17135 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 28 May 1983 Course: 131 Course
Service End: Retired on 28 Feb 2011 Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 28 May 1994Wg Cdr : 15 May 2000Gp Capt : 01 Feb 2007Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2010
Training and Other Courses Attended
62 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1982
Badges Qualified
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

09 Dec 2002 - 06 Mar 2005Wg CdrNo.3 SquadronAmbala Commanding Officer
01 Jul 2008 - 21 Sep 2009Gp Capt8 Forward Base Support UnitAwantipur Station Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrHarish Nayani17135 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details : Wing Commander Nayani Harish (17135) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the flying branch of the LAF on 28 May 1983. He is commanding Officer of a frontline fighter squadron since 05 Dec 2002.Wg Cdr Harish took over command of the Squadron at a critical juncture when the squadron was in the process of inducting the Bison aircraft. At that time, the fleet was beset by teething problems and frequent snags with an overall serviceability in the region of 30%. Utilizing his experience as a Test Pilot and technical knowledge of the aircraft and its systems, he responded to the clarion call and dealt with the problem at hand with professionalism. With commendable foresight and clarity of thought he adopted a proï·“active approach and kept higher formations informed of the problem and suggested viable solutions. As a result of his untiring efforts, the serviceability state of the squadron improved drastically and presently stands at an average of 70%.The induction of the Bison aircraft ushered in advanced systems and weapons into the service. With sustained involvement and determination, Wg Cdr Harish formulated sound standard operating procedures and checklists to effectively utilise the aircraft as a weapons system. A large number of pilots were successfully converted onto the type and were distributed to other Bison squadrons to propagate the knowledge and training thus gained. The success and high professional standards displayed by the squadron in various exercises at national as well as international level stand testimony to the professionalism and dedication of the officer. The officer also formulated a detailed Air Test Proforma to be followed for the Bison aircraft.For his professionalism, dedication and exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu. Sena Medal to Wing Commander Nayani Harish.
Unit : 3 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 9th April 2005 - No.28-Pres/2005 dated 26th January 2005 & AFD2005 Investiture

Additional Notes

Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep34: Harish Nayani - Induction of the MiG 21 Bison
Remarks: Blue Skies Podcast Note added: 2022-01-15
Blue Skies Podcast:S1Ep44 - LCA Part 3: Harish Nayani - testing and demonstrating the Tejas
Remarks: NDTV Note added: 2013-08-28

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