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Wing Commander Subramaniam Srinivasan

Service No 23773 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 16 Dec 1995 Course 156 Course
Service End No Details
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Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2008
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg CdrSubramaniam Srinivasan23773 F(P)Award Date 15 Aug 2012Announced 15 Aug 2012
Details : Wing Commander Subramaniam Srinivasan (23773) Flying Pilot is on the posted strength of a Cheetah! Chetak Helicopter Unit as Flight Commander, at Air force Station Leh since 07 Feb 11. On 26 Aug 11, Wg Cdr S Srinivasan , was authorised to lead a two helicopter formation to rescue a critically ill American member of an Indo-American team of mountaineers which was climbing down from Saser Kangri-II peak. The expedition team requested for an air rescue through their organising agency and the embassy in India. Despite very limited time and information available to him, he along with his crewmembers displayed extreme swiftness and professionalism in planning the mission, which included the route and fuel planning, power requirement and a plan to execute the search and rescue. After carrying out the detailed analysis and assessment of the situation, he ensured that the formation was airborne in a matter of minutes. He reached the area, started a search pattern, and quickly spotted the casualty. He found that the landing site was at the density altitude of 23000 ft, which is at the absolute limits of aircraft operating envelope Also, the site was located on a treacherous' glacier amidst wide crevasses. The inhospitable terrain coupled with negligible reserve of power and turbulence in the area, left him with no margins at all in case of an eventuality. However, he remained undeterred, used his experience, and well calculated judgment to execute an extremely difficult approach to land on loose snow in a very restricted space. The casualty was taken on board without wasting any time and the rescue team landed back at Leh within two hours. This act of valour by Wg Cdr S Srinivasan, wherein he lead the mission efficiently in the face of inhospitable terrain and extremely demanding conditions, showcases the highest level of leadership, professionalism and exceptional courage. This daring rescue from the dizzying heights of Saser Kangri has enhanced the glory of Indian Air Force well beyond national boundaries. For act of exceptional courage, professional competence and successful execution of the rescue mission, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Wing Commander Subramaniam Srinivasan.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet