|Service No & Branch||23546 F(P)|
|Date of Birth:||Commissioned: 17 Jun 1995||Course: 155 Course|
|Service End:||Died in Service 26 Aug 1996|
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|Plt Offr||Vaibhav Prahlhad Bhagwat||23546 F(P)||Award Date 26 Aug 1996||Announced 15 Aug 1997|
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Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat was on the posted strength of 130 Helicopter unit since 22 Jul 96 till 26 Aug 96, when he laid down his life for the country.
Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat was detailed as a co-pilot for crucial air-maintenance sorties in Op-Meghdoot area during the month of Aug 1996 when enemy had redeployed forces threatening out posts in the area. On 26 Aug 96, a special sortie was undertaken in Mi-17 Helicopter to Hoshiyar post on the Southern Glacier. The post was threatened by enemy fire but air maintenance was planned to drop essential supplies to maintain our troops. After the load was dropped, the helicopter was engaged by enemy ground fire and shot down killing all the occupants.
Pilot Officer Vaibhav Bhagwat displayed exhibiting bravery, courage and devotion to his duty of the highest order and laid down his life for the country in the true tradition of the Indian Air Force.
|Unit : 130 HU|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 1st November 1997 - No.84 - Pres/97 dated 15th August 1997|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|28 Aug 1996||Mil Mi-17||Flt Lt Sandeep Jain +|
Flt Lt Vaibhav Prahlhad Bhagwat +
|130 HU||Cr in Siachen Pakfir|