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Wing Commander Ravi Chandrashekhar Pathak

Service No 23746 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 16 Dec 1995 Course 156 Course
Service End No Details
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2008
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt LtRavi Chandrashekhar Pathak23746 F(P)Award Date 03 Oct 2000Announced 15 Aug 2001
Details : Flying (Pilot) Flight Lieutenant Ravi C Pathak (23746) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a helicopter unit operating in Op Meghdoot area since 25 Oct 99. He has flown 290 hrs during his tenure in this unit. On 03 Oct 2000, Fit Lt Pathak was to fly as co-pilot in No. I aircraft of a formation for air maintenance sorty in Op Meghdoot area. Till Camp-111 post, the sortie was uneventful. After No. I took off from Kumar, he did not receive any RT call from No.2, which was contrary to the briefing. Realising something was amiss, No. I turned back to look for No.2. Fit Lt Pathak performed his duties as a co-pilot admirably and assisted his Captain In locating the position of No.2, which had unfortunately crashed. There was no safe landing space close to crash site. Realising the gravity of the situation, he quickly unstrapped and jumped out of hovering aircraft without giving second thought about the dangers involved. He jumped from 10 feet and walked to the crash site, which was full of boulders. It was an extremely difficult task to walk on that terrain, unacclimatised, at an altitude of 15000 ft, without any oxygen, in sub-zero conditions. He promptly analysed the situation and checked the condition of both the injured pilots. After finding no pulse in Fit Lt VK Murthy, he straightway gave attention to Fit Lt R Sharma and marshalled the army helicopter to a safe place for a low hover. He along with medical officer put Fit. Lt Sharma into the hovering helicopter. Thereafter he jumped into the hovering aircraft to get some help from the nearest post. After receiving the message that Fit Lt. VK Murthy still had some pulse he landed at a safe place near the crash site and dropped captain and medical officer and took off single pilot to Kumar post for help. He analysed the situation and the gravity of time limitation, which became handy in rescuing Fit Lt Murthy on time. For displaying a keen sense of responsibility, professionalism and courage, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Flight Lieutenant Ravi C Pathak.
Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th January 2002 - No.123-Pres/2001 dated 15th August 2001 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrRavi Chandrashekhar Pathak23746 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2014Announced 26 Jan 2014
Details : Wing Commander Ravi Chandrashekhar Pathak, VM (23746) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 16 Dec 95 and is Commanding the Sarang Display Team at Air Force Station Sulur with effect from 07 May 12. He is an Experimental Test Pilot and a Qualified Flying Instructor. He has flown over 4100 h on 21 different types of aircraft. On 20 Jun 2013. Wg Cdr RC Pathak was tasked to undertake Disaster Relief Operations (Op Rahat) in Uttarakhand as the Detachment Commander at Gauchar. He carried out an aerial reconnaissance to assess the unique requirements to undertake this complicated task and realized that there were thousands of sick and injured people stranded in the valley and only quick air evacuation could save their lives. Moreover these missions had to be undertaken in hostile weather conditions, from makeshift landing areas at high altitudes, requiring the helicopter to be flown on the fringes of its flight envelope. Realizing the enormity of the task in hand. Wg Cdr RC Pathak volunteered for the first mission and landed at Gaurikund, Junglechatti. Garudchatti and Kedarnath. These evacuations were carried out in a short time frame from highly restricted areas bounded by obstructions which included trees, wires and rocky outcrops with no ground assistance. Despite being involved in planning and supervision of both flying and ground activities and coordination of rescue effort, Wg Cdr RC Pathak flew 41 critical missions. including winching down of Garud commandoes at 9000 feet and evacuated 111 personnel. Wg Cdr RC Pathak had the challenging task of planning and executing Disaster Relief Operations in the backdrop of a huge natural calamity, from a makeshift base at a short notice with severe constraints in terms of fuel, administrative and logistics support. Through sustained intense operations under his command, the detachment airlifted 2700 personnel and inducted 20 tons of relief material. By leading from the front, in the service of the nation, Wg Cdr RC Pathak has displayed exceptional valour, professionalism and operational leadership. For the act of exceptional courage displayed in evacuating stranded personnel from Kedarnath valley during 'Op Rahat' Hon'ble President is pleased to award Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Ravi Chandrashekhar Pathak, VM.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet