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Wing Commander Arun Devap Nayak

Service No 8946 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: 22 Sep 1944
Date Commissioned 25 Dec 1964 Course 91 Course
Service End Retired on 02 Sep 1988
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

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01 Aug 1977 - 28 Oct 1979Sqn LdrNo.116 Helicopter Unit CO
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vayu Sena Medal
Flt LtArun Devap Nayak8946 F(P)Award Date 09 Nov 1974Announced 26 Jan 1976
Details : Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak was authorised to carry out an instructional sortie with a pupil officer on 9th November 1974 in a trainer aircraft. At about 6300 ft above mean sea level, severe vibrations were felt. Flight Lieutenant Nayak immediately took over controls. He throttled back the engine and put the aircraft into a glide. At that instant the propellor flew off. During the process of gliding he reassessed the situation and taking into consideration the strong head winds realised that he would not be able to make the runway. He selected a field near the airfield and carried out a smooth and normal landing, without any further damage to the aircraft or injury to its occupants. It was due to his skillful approach in such a potentially dangerous situation that he was able to prevent a major mishap. In this action, Flight Lieutenant Arun Devap Nayak displayed courage, professional skill and devotion to duty of a high order.
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Reference : Gazette of India dated 22nd January 1977 - No.5- Pres/77 dated 26th January 1976