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Wing Commander Deepak Kumar Vats

Service No 22545 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 21 Jun 1993 Course 151 Course
Service End No Details
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Fg Offr : 21 Jun 1994Wg Cdr : 21 Jun 2006
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrDeepak Kumar Vats22545 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2009Announced 26 Jan 2009
Details : Wing Commander Deepak Kumar Vats (22545) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of a MI 17-IV Helicopter unit since 07 Jul 2008 and is performing the duties of unit Pilot. On 26 Nov 2008 Mumbai was shaken by the worst terror attack the country had ever witnessed. The situation was nothing less than an all-out urban war. On 28 Nov 2008 the unit was tasked to slither down a team of NSG commandos on the terrace of Nariman house where Israeli nationals were taken hostages by the terrorists. Wg Cdr Vats was detailed as co-pilot for the mission. He displayed exemplary courage and leadership while flying into the line of fire as the co-pilot of the mission. The slithering spot was surrounded by obstructions like wires, water tanks of adjoining buildings, dish antennas and tin shades on the adjacent roof. It was an extremely challenging task for the co-pilot to monitor the clearance from the obstructions on the approach and the slithering site. The role of co-pilot in such high risk and high-profile mission was handled in the most professional manner. The sound of continuous firing and explosions of grenades was clearly heard inside the helicopter. This however did not deter him from keeping a sharp lookout for obstructions and retaliatory fire from the terrorists. Maintaining his composure, he provided invaluable inputs and assistance to his Captain during the successful slithering of 30 NSG commandos in three quick sorties over Nariman house. The courage and determination displayed by Wg Cdr Vats in handling an unprecedented and unfamiliar situation made the crucial difference between disaster and glory for the IAF. The professionalism displayed by Wg Cdr Vats in preparation, planning and execution of the mission is worthy of emulation by all air warriors. His effort has gone a long way in the intoning and protecting the highest traditions and glory of the Indian Air Force. For this act of exceptional courage, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Deepak Kumar Vats.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet