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Wing Commander Vipin Vilas Takawale

Service No & Branch 26320 F(P)
Date of Birth: Commissioned: 16 Dec 2000 Course: 166 Course
Service End: No Details
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Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2013
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrVipin Vilas Takawale26320 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2014Announced 26 Jan 2014
Details : Squadron Leader Vipin Vilas Takawale (26320) Flying (Pilot) is a Chetak, Cheetah type instructor and is posted in an operational helicopter unit since May 2012. The flash floods in Uttarakhand had taken the entire nation by surprise and rescue of stranded civilians was of paramount importance. Sqn Ldr Takawale was detailed as Detachment Commander of a two helicopter Cheetah detachment at Gauchar. On 21 Jun 13. the detachment was tasked to drop food packets in the Kedarnath valley. Sqn Ldr Takawale got airborne within minutes of getting SOS call and commenced his food dropping mission. While dropping relief material, he heard a distress call from a civil helicopter which had crashed and was on fire in the treacherous terrain of Jungle Chatti. Despite not being prepared for a casualty evacuation mission, the officer on receiving a SOS call displayed good leadership qualities and took a courageous decision to proceed to crash site. Though this was his first sortie in the area, he was quick to correlate the map and displayed exceptional navigations skills in locating the crash site within 10 minutes of the crash. He noticed that the crashed helicopter was at a site which posed many dangers like dense HT and LT cables, electrical poles, narrow valley, thick vegetation and absolutely no place to land. The inhospitable terrain coupled with adverse wind conditions left him with no margins for error: however, he remained undeterred and after a quick in-flight briefing decided to winch up the casualty. He used all his experience and skill to manoeuvre the helicopter in and extremely restricted area to position it over the crash site while at the same time keeping adequate safe distance from the HT and LT cables. Since the length of winch cable was not enough, he decided to take a well calculated risk of lowering the hover height with further reduced his margin of error and demanded that the helicopter be flown with precision. This herculean courageous effort of the officer resulted in the casualty being rescued safely. The devastation caused during the Uttarakhand disaster was extremely unnerving, however Sqn Ldr Takawale maintained his composure and displayed qualities of courage. decision making and ability to react to a situation. He did all this with extreme confidence and without compromising flight safety. This mission definitely enhanced IAF s image as being ever ready to provide succour to the affected. For his exceptional courage, in the face of adverse conditions, and unparalleled dedication to duty. Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) to Squadron Leader Vipin Vilas Takawale.
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