Awards for 9 Sqn


A total of 8 Awards are listed.
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Kirti Chakra
Flt Lt Mysore Krishnaswamy Ramaprasad 18440 AEMUnit : 9 Sqn  Award Date 01 Jul 91 Announced 26 Jan 92
Details :

On the 15th Jul 1991, the fighter Squadron of Flight Lieutenant Mysore Krishnaswamy Rama Prasad moved to 41 Wing, Air Force for Live Armament Practice. On the 17th July 91, a MiG-27 ML aircraft No. TS 539 was armed with one 250 Kg Bomb on the rear fuselage station, and 100 rds of 30 mm Front Gun ammunition had lined up on the runway for a pair take-off. As the throttle was opened, the pilot in the other aircraft noticed sparks and fire emanating from the rear of aircraft TS 539. The pilot of aircraft TS 539 was informed about the fire and asked to vacate his aircraft immediately. The rear of the aircraft was engulfed in fire by the time the crash tender arrived.

While the efforts to extinguish the fire were going on, there was a grave danger of the 250 Kg Bomb exploding at any instant. Flt Lt Prasad jumped and pulled himself up to the cockpit, and put the battery master and all armament switches off. He slipped while jumping down due to foam/water on the runway and injured his leg. Without bothering about the injury, he proceeded to open the panel that housed the fuel shut off cock. The fuel shut off cock was required to be closed to prevent further spread of fire. This panel was red hot as there was fire in its proximity at the time. He persevered and succeeded in opening the panel, and closed the fuel shut off cock manually. Fully aware of the grave danger of the bomb exploding at any moment due to intense heat, Flt Lt Prasad now moved to the 250 Kg Bomb to remove its fuse and make it safe. The electrical release unit cartridge could have operated, due to intense heat, thereby causing the bomb to release and possible explode. Flt Lt Prasad, therefore, removed the electrical release unit cartridge, thereby eliminating the danger of accidental release of the bomb. He then removed the electrical connection to make the 30 mm gun safe. The timely actions taken by Flt Lt Prasad prevented further damage to a costly aircraft and possible loss of several human lives. Flt Lt Mysore Krishnaswamy Rama Prasad, thus displayed conspicuous courage and exemplary presence of mind in tackling a potentially dangerous situation.

Reference: Gazette of India , 11th April 1992 - No.?? - Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992 

Vir Chakra
Sqn Ldr Denzil Keelor 4805 GD(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date 18 Sep 65 Announced 22 Sep 65
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On the 19th September 1965, Squadron Leader Denzil Keelor was providing fighter escort to Mystere aircraft during a strike mission in the operations against Pakistan. His section of four Gnat aircraft was engaged by four enemy Sabre jet aircraft and the battle was fought at a height of less than 2000 feet from the ground where enemy anti-aircraft guns were also active. Under his guidance, his sub-section leader shot down a Sabre jet aircraft. Thereafter Squadron Leader Keelor himself engaged another Sabre jet and crippled it.

Throughout the operations Squadron Leader Denzil Keelor was a source of inspiration to his pilots and ground personnel. His courage and devotion to duty were in the best traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Viney Kapila 5596 GD(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date 18 Sep 65 Announced 22 Sep 65
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On the 19th September 1965, as sub-section leader in a four Gnat aircraft formation, Flight Lieutenant Viney Kapila gave valuable assistance to his leader during an aerial battle against four Pakistani Sabre jet aircraft. The battle was fought at a height of less than 2000 feet from the ground where enemy antiaircraft guns were active. He shot down one of the enemy aircraft and then helped his leader to cripple another.

In this action Flight Lieutenant Kapila displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

Reference: Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.133 - Pres/65 dated 22nd September 1965 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Sanjay Bhatnagar 17363 F(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 99
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Squadron Leader Sanjay Bhatnagar (17363) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of a Fighter Squadron wef 03 May 98. As Senior Flight Commander of the Squadron, he has looked after the planning and execution of flying operations. He has successfully maintained a very high training status of all pilots of the Squadron. This was a vital factor that enabled the Squadron to take part in Kargil Operations at short notice and adapt quickly to the terrain and task in the sector of hostilities.

During the operations he was instrumental in analysing the targets, planning the types of attacks, briefing and motivating the pilots to undertake these missions. He led the juniors by example and from the front by undertaking the difficult missions. He flew a total of 15 missions causing extensive damage to the enemy. He struck an enemy camp during a night mission on 27 Jun 99 at 0230 h at Jubar. Extensive damage was reported by our ground forces and the camp was observed burning till next morning. He displayed extraordinary stamina to work for long hours and carried out his task at the cost of risks to his own life. His meticulous planning, supervision and personal courage ensured that all the missions were launched as per plan and were able to cause maximum attrition to the enemy.

For display of extraordinary courage in the face of the enemy, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Squadron Leader Sanjay Bhatnagar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Flt Lt Kambapatti Nachiketa 22930 F(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date Announced 15 Aug 99
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Kambampati Nachiketa (22930) Flying (Pilot) is on the posted strength of a Fighter Squadron of the Air Force since 13 Sept 97.

On 27 May 99, he was authorised to fly as a wingman in a two aircraft live rocket firing mission over enemy camp during Op "Safed Sagar". During the sortie, after successful attack, he noticed that aircraft engine had flamed out. His height above the hilly terrain was less and it warranted abandoning of aircraft by resorting to ejection. Instead, he controlled the aircraft promptly, jettisoned the external loads and carried out an auto relight of the engine. Now since the aircraft was losing height and Auto Relight was taking time, he ejected only as a last resort.

On ejecting, he found himself in enemy territory. On seeing enemy troops approaching him, he fired at them and in the mean time took all precautions to hide and destroy all the confidential information that he had with him.

Despite his valiant attempt to escape at high altitude without acclimatization he was overpowered by a large number of enemy personnel and taken prisoner. He resisted all attempts of harassment and torture both physical and mental and refused to divulge even a single piece of military information. Flight Lieutenant K Nachiketa did his very best to save a valuable aircraft while flying over enemy infested area and later when confronted with the enemy, acted with great courage and determination in keeping with the best traditions of the Air Force.

For these acts of exceptional courage in the presence of the enemy, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Flight Lieutenant Kambampati Nachiketa.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 11th March 2000 - No.27-Pres/2000 dated 15th August 2000 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Jaspreet Singh 20977 F(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date 25 Oct 04 Announced 26 Jan 06
Details : Wing Commander Jaspreet Singh (20977) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch on 15 Dec 1990. He is on posted strength of Fighter Squadron as Flight Commander since 29 Oct 2004. On 04 Oct 2004, a belly landing accident of Mirage-2000 took place at Mauritius International Air port. This officer while on the posted strength of a fighter squadron in the Southern Sector, was specially chosen to ferry the aircraft from Mauritius to Trivandrum and further to Bangalore after structural repairs at Mauritius. The ferry route from Maurititus to Trivandrum was across the Indian Ocean, covering a total distance of 2126 NM. Between 12 Oct 2004 and 19 Oct 2004, the officer carried out taxi and three air test sorties on the belly landed aircraft and in the last sortie he also undertook successful Air to Air Refueling (AAR) operations to check the serviceability of the system. On 18 Oct 2004, a weather system had started forming close to the equator, with its broadcast part lying across the ferry route. On the morning of 25 Oct 2004 the satellite pictures revealed that the first 1000 NM of the ferry route was clear. A total of three AAR brackets were required to complete this ferry. However, the last 1100 NM was still covered up with weather and AAR was not possible on that part of the leg. Wg Cdr Singh studied the weather pictures carefully and devised an ingenious plan to undertake the mission. The plan envisaged detaching from the Flight Refueling Aircraft (FRA) 1100 NM short of Trivandrum, climbing to a level above 40,000 ft and fly to Trivandrum. The weather at Trivandrum was also predicted to be bad. Wg Cdr Singh carried out meticulous planning and asked for one more FRA at Trivandrum in case of requirement to divert to Bangalore. The ferry was undertaken with precise co-ordination, team work and piloting skills of the highest order. It entailed 5:10 h of non-stop flying with three air to air refuelling and an intake of over 7000 Kgs of fuel from the FRA. The ferry of M-2000 across a stretch of 2126 NM was one of the most challenging, daring and risky operations ever undertaken by a fighter aircraft in the history of the 1AF. That It was carried out by a single seat, engine nlrcrafl, over the high seas in the inclement weather is even more remarkable. For his sincerity, exceptional courage and professionalism beyond the call of duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Wing Commander Jaspreet Singh.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture  

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Ashuthosh Dixit 18558 F(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 06
Details : Wing Commander Ashutosh Dlxlt (18558) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force on 06 Dec 1986. He took over the Command of a fighter squadron on 15 Dec 2003 along with its rejuvenation and re-equipping with Mirage-2000 aircraft. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, Test Pilot and has completed his staff course in Bangladesh. Re-equipping of the Sqn was smooth thanks to the meticulous planning and perfect execution under the guidance of Wg Cdr Dixit. The operational, maintenance and administrative activities were finely coordinated, all the requirements were worked out and the resources requisitioned with great care. It was due to his foresight, planning abilities and good leadership that as soon as the aircraft arrived in the Squadron, the Squadron commenced regular and full-fledged Hying operations. The Squadron has successfully completed 500 Flying hours during the period 15 Dec 2004 to 31 Mar 2005 under his able guidance. Wg Cdr Dixit was also given the onerous task of planning and conduct of the acceptance flights and ferry of the ten new Mirage-2000 aircraft from France to India. He conducted this In two batches and both times the ferry was completed flawlessly and as per the schedule. The superb efficiency of the ferry and the professional manner in which It was conducted was only possible due to the dedication and hard work of Wg Cdr Dixit. The officer carried out research into the functioning of Mirage Mission Preparation System (MIPSY) on his own initiative and his effort helped SDI to further refine the software. He also conceptualised and implemented a complete mission-planning package for the MIPSY. This system was used successfully during Ex Golden Eagle in South Africa and the ferry of M-2000 from France. A disciplined officer who unmindful of his personal comforts, willingly undertakes prolonged hours of work and has been instrumental in bringing about professionalism amongst his personnel. For exceptional devotion to duty. The Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Ashutosh Dixit.
Reference: Gazette of India dated 18th March 2006 - No.30-Pres/2006 dated 26th January 2006 & AFD2006 Investiture  

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Kanthalloor Saraswathy Suresh Kumar 18822 F(P)Unit : 9 Sqn  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 08
Details :

Wing Commander Kanthalloor Saraswathy Suresh Kumar (18822) F (P) was commissioned as a Fighter Pilot in the Flying Branch on 13 Jun 87.

He is presently the CO of a frontline Mirage Sqn. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with more than 3500 h of accident free flying. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has held various important appointments prior to the present appointment. In 2004, he was commended by CAS for devotion to duty. He is one of the very few pilots to achieve more than 1000 h of accident free flying on Mirage-2000.

Under his command, he has been able to motivate the unit to a very high level of performance. The operational capabilities of the Sqn kept on improving along with the training of under trainee (U/T) pilots of the Sqn. The Sqn was appreciated by Air HQ and HQ CAC for involvement of Sqn in various out station commitments and progress of U/T pilots training. In the year 2006, he was given the responsibility of leading a combined Mirage -2000 detachment to Singapore for Exercise Sindex-06/ OS. The exceptional result achieved during the exercise is a result of his meticulous planning and thorough professionalism. Leading by example, Wing Commander Suresh has been able to instill confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of pride in his men, binding the unit into a strong and potent team of professionals. The Sqn being adjudged the best fighter Sqn in the Command bears testimony to this fact.

For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Kanthalloor Saraswathy Suresh Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008 

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