|Date of Birth:||28 Nov 1939|
|Date Commissioned||29 May 1959||Course||75 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 30 Nov 1997 / Died on 02 Sep 2018|
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|-||Gp Capt||Pakistan||Islamabad||Air Advisor|
|-||AVM||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Director (PO)|
|- 28 Feb 1994||Air Mshl||South Western Air Command||Jodhpur||Senior Air Staff Officer|
|01 Mar 1994 - 31 Jan 1996||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||Deputy Chief of Air Staff|
|01 Feb 1996 - 30 Nov 1997||Air Mshl||South Western Air Command||Jodhpur||Air Officer Commanding in Chief|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)|
|Sqn Ldr||Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande||5694 F(P)||Award Date 15 Apr 1974||Announced 26 Jan 1976|
|Details :||On 15th April 1974 Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande was flying as a check instructor in a formation on a supersonic aircraft. While at 6000 metres height at a speed of 850 Km per hour, the canopy perspex, shattered and flying pieces broke his helmet visor and caused, injury to his neck and right shoulder. The Radio Telephony also went dead as its lead broke off. He however managed to connect it and tried to transmit the nature of emergency, but owing to very high noise level he could not receive any reply. As there was no protection for his eyes from the heavy air blast, his vision was blurred. He reduced, speed and managed to align the aircraft with the runway, land safety and saved a valuable aircraft. In this action. Squadron Leader Sharadkumar Ramkrishna Deshpande displayed great courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976|
|Ati Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande||5694 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1991||Announced 26 Jan 1991|
|Details :|| |
Air Commodore Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande was commissioned in the fighter stream of the Indian Air Force on the 29th May, 1959. Since then, he has held many important and prestigious operational and administrative appointments and has throughout acquitted himself in an exemplary manner.
On the 4th November, 1988, he took over Command of an Air Force Station which is vital to the defence of the nation's capital. Soon thereafter, he was involved in the intense preparations for Air Power Demonstration which was held on the 18th March, 1989 at Tilpat firing range. His station played a vital role in the conduct of this widely acclaimed event. Air Cmde Deshpande displayed very high quality of management skill, hard work and indefatigable spirit in meeting this additional task besides his normal operational and administrative responsibilities.
During 1989-90, a fighter squadron was reequipped with MiG-27 aircraft and was located at his Station. In spite of numerous teething problems, the squadron has achieved fully operational status under his watchful eye, leadership and guidance within a short period.
Air Commodore Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19910126|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Sharadkumar Ramakrishna Deshpande||5694 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 1996||Announced 26 Jan 1996|
|Details :|| |
Air Marshal SR Deshpande, AVSM, VM was commissioned as a fighter pilot on 28 May 59. He has had the distinction of commanding a premier fighter Squadron and two operational fighter bases. The Air Officer is a qualified Pilot Attack Instructor and Fighter Combat Leader. He has served as an AF examiner in Aircrew Examining Board and as a directing staff in Tactics and Combat Development Establishment. An MA in Sociology, he is an alumni of Defence Services Staff College, National Defence College and College of Defence Management. His vast reservoir of knowledge, professionalism and ability to interact were amply displayed during his diplomatic assignment as Air AttachÃÂ© in Embassy of India at Islamabad, Pakistan. He has also held important appointments of Director of Personnel Officers at Air HQ and Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ South Western Air Command. The Air Officer was awarded VM in 1976 and AVSM in 1991. Air Marshal Deshpande was appointed Deputy Chief of the Air Staff on 02 Mar 94. He is responsible for Planning and establishing long term re-equipment of IAF. He has formulated various modernisation plans, namely, MiG upgradation, procurement of Electronic Warfare equipment and other force multipliers and put them on firm footing all within the budgetary allocations. His phenomenal flair to interact effectively with civil officers at the highest level has been the hall mark of his professional excellence. He has left an indelible imprint in all the appointments he has held during his career spanning 36 years.
Air Marshal SR Deshpande, AVSM, VM has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.
|Reference : GoI19960126|