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Wing Commander Felix Patrick Pinto

Service No 23569 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 17 Jun 1995 Course 155 Course
Service End No Details
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Fg Offr : 17 Jun 1996Wg Cdr : 17 Jun 2008
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Shaurya Chakra
Wg CdrFelix Patrick Pinto23569 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
Details : Search Mission for Crashed Pawan Hans Helicopter
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Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrFelix Patrick Pinto23569 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2014Announced 26 Jan 2014
Details : Wing Commander Felix Patrick Pinto, SC (23569) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Mil7 helicopter Unit and in command of the unit since 15 Apr 13. On 18 Jun 13, in the aftermath of the disastrous floods at Uttarakhand, the entire nation witnessed a turmoil in which thousands were swept away. The civil administration was desperate to have the correct evaluation of the damage. Wg Cdr FP Pinto with three helicopters of his unit was tasked to undertake the rescue mission. He being the most experienced and senior-most pilot of the detachment immediately took charge of the situation and after detailed planning and coordination with civil administration, led the first IAF mission into the Kedarnath valley. Despite the inclement weather in the treacherous valley, he flew the first recce sortie carrying the representatives of state administration. On seeing the stranded people in the Kedarnath bowl, he took a quick decision to land on the unprepared surface at an altitude of 11000 ft. closest to the temple and established that ground for IAF operations. He thereafter took off with several stranded survivors and carried out numerous shuttles for a safe evacuation of 76 survivors on the first day. He continued with the gallant act thereafter and was instrumental in saving 892 survivors in the subsequent sorties. His exceptional professional acumen and meticulous planning led to valiant execution of challenging missions for evacuation of pilgrims at Kedarnath. Regardless of personal comfort and safety. he flew tirelessly throughout the Op Rahat in the challenging environment under hostile weather conditions and landed at hazardous sites. He also carried out drops of 24 tons of ration and medicines. To exploit the limited window of weather and to increase the load carrying capability, he modified his helicopter to carry out a free drop of wood for the mass cremation at Kedarnath bowl. His gallant and selfless efforts during the initial phase of Op-Rahat paved the way for launch of one of the greatest rescue operations by helicopter in history. For this display of extraordinary leadership and exceptional courage under adverse operational circumstances, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Felix Patrick Pinto. SC.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet