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Air Commodore Mohan Dharamdas Lalvani

Service No 5658 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 13 Sep 1939
Date Commissioned 07 Feb 1959 Course 74 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Sep 1991 / Died on 30 Jan 2013
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 May 1979Gp Capt : 21 Jun 1982Air Cmde : 01 Apr 1987
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
- Gp Capt505 Signal UnitMemaura (Lucknow) Station Commander
- Air CmdeEastern Air CommandShillong Air-II
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 2
  
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtMohan Dharamdas Lalvani5658 GD(P)Award Date Announced 01 Jan 1965
Details : Flight Lieutenant Lalvani has been working since 1961 as a Flight Commander with a Helicopter Squadron operating Ladakh. He has a commendable record of about 1000 landings at helipads located in difficult mountainous areas. During the Chinese aggression on the northern borders in October-November 1962, he undertook a large number of difficult assignments. In addition to his duties as Flight Commander, he had to undertake training of junior pilots who were not conversant with the terrain and had no operational experience. He assisted the Squadron Commander in planning and executing the tasks allotted to his. unit. Throughout Flight Lieutenant Mohan Dharamdas Lalvani displayed high professional skill, courage and devotion to duty.
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Reference : Gazette of India 13th March 1965 - No.20 - Pres/65 dated 1st January 1965.
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeMohan Dharamdas Lalvani5658 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1988Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Air Commodore Mohan Dharamdas Lalvani was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in February, 1959 and over the years has distinguished himself in all important appointments held by him, which were many and varied.

He was among the first pilots to be assigned to the Mi­4 helicopters. For his outstanding performance in the hazardous terrains of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, he was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal in January, 1965.

In 1970, Air Commodore Lalvani was cross streamed to the Air Defence System. He evolved syllabi and application systems which laid a solid foundation for training. Under his command, a star sapphire unit, which prior to his stewardship carried the label of 'unfit for war', its status raised from the dubious distinction to an above average capability in just six months. As commander of an operational station in the Western Sector, his base was adjudged 'Best in Operations' and 'Best in Maintenance'.

Air Commodore Lalvani, because of his instructional crafts, was deputed as a Directing Staff at the Institute of Defence Management. Here, he so excelled himself that he became a regular guest lecturer to organisations like Administrative Staff College of India, NITIE and even the Iraq Defence College at Baghdad.

In staff work again, Air Commodore Lalvani displayed outstanding perception and analytical skills. He made a very significant contribution in the drafting of the joint document relating to transfer of AOP assets to the Army. As Air II of Eastern Air Command, he displayed discernment, ingenuity and an innovativeness which not only enabled optimum utilisation of resources but a qualitative improvement in operational employment.

Air Commodore Mohan Dharamdas Lalvani, VM has thus rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI19880126