Awards for the year 1990


A total of 84 Awards are listed.
Param Vishist Seva Medal : 4 | Ati Vishist Seva Medal : 10 | Vir Chakra : 4 | Shaurya Chakra : 6 | Yudh Seva Medal : 9 | Vayu Sena Medal : 21 | Vishist Seva Medal : 22 | Mention in Despatches : 8 |
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Gandharva Sen 4429 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Marshal Gandharva Sen was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in January, 1953. A graduate from the National Defence College, he has held a variety of important command and staff appointments during his long service career.

In 1981 he took over command of a major forward fighter base. Under his inspiring leadership and guidance, the station was brought up to the highest level of operational preparedness. He also made significant improvements in the administrative infrastructure, support services and the welfare facilities.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal in November, 1986 he took over as Senior Air Staff Officer of an Operational Air Command. In this assignment, he again brought to bear his professional excellence and dedication and was instrumental in augmenting the combat capability of different elements of the Command, thereby enhancing the overall operational effectiveness of the IAF.

In his present appointment as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of an operational air command, his dynamism, dedication and managerial skills were brought to bear on the entire range of air operations in Sri Lanka. Because of his inspiring leadership, induction of and logistic support for the Indian Peace Keeping Force was planned and executed with meticulous precision and efficiency. The successful conduct of air operations in Maldives is another remarkable achievement of Air Marshal Sen. His meticulous planning and its precise execution was a brilliant example of rapid response in strategic deployment of our troops and resources.

Air Marshal Gandharva Sen, AVSM, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Raj Kumar Nehra 4518 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Marshal Raj Kumar Nehra, VSM (4I518) Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical) was commissioned in the Indian air Force on 07 Sep 1953. During his long and distinguished career he has hold a variety of command and staff appointments with distinction. A Mechanical Engineer of outstanding merit, he was selected to undergo the prestigious Flight Test Engineering Course at the Flight Test School in France.

One of the first two 'Flight Test Engineers' of the I.A.F., he was responsible for organising flight trials of a variety of aircraft and equipment and was instrumental in establishing new and modern testing facilities at the Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment. His innovative approach in planning, conduct of flight trials and data reduction of test results, was pioneering work of its type. He was awarded Vishisht Seva Modal in 1978.

During the command of a vital Base Repair Depot, he not only achieved a higher rate of production of engines but also introduced an advanced and efficient method of spares forecasting for engine overhauls. He was also responsible for pioneering the work of manufacture of aeronautical quality rubber seals in the country. Between 1982 and 1986, while Director of three different Directorates in Air Headquarters, the Air Officer displayed outstanding professional knowledge, capacity for hard work and an incisive approach to problems while dealing with a wide range of aircraft, weapons and other systems. His staff assessments and analysis of technological parameters have significantly contributed to the selection of the right weapon systems/ equipment for the IAF.

He has served as Senior Maintenance Staff Officer at two Commands, where he achieved qualitative improvements in Maintenance Standards and practices. He was able to inculcate a sense of urgency among the technical staff and make them more responsive to operational needs, while reducing costs through innovations. He is presently holding the prestigious appointment of Air Officer-in-Charge Maintenance where he has brought to bear his vast experience and professionalism to enhance the effectiveness of Maintenance and logistic activities of the entire Air Force.

Air Marshal Raj Kumar Nehra, VSM has rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Har Krishan Oberai 4583 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Marshal Har Krishan Oberai, AVSM VM (4583) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 14th October 1953. He has held a number of important command and staff appointments, with distinction and exhibiting a flair for Innovation and pioneering work.

He has during his service carried out extensive strategic reconnaissance and aerial survey of unsurveyed territory in the North, stretching from Aksai Chin to Arunachal Pradesh. This work has been of lasting value for operational planning and natural resource mapping of the area. Later he served with distinction as the Flight Commander and, subsequently, as a Squadron Commander of the Air Headquarters Communication Squadron, The Air Officer was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal for his contribution during the 1971 war,

Air Marshal Oberai has served as Director of Personnel (Officers), Director Plans and Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans). In these appointments he inducted scientific methods of approach, and through his conceptual ability and capability to pursue goals, was able to achieve results of a high order. Later on, as Commandant of the Air Force Academy, he brought about qualitative Improvement not only in the training, systems and standards, but also In the field of maintenance and general administration.

On promotion to the rank of Air Marshal, he was appointed as the Senior Air Staff Officer of an operational command where his wide experience vividly contributed to the operational preparedness and performance of the Command.

Air Marshal Oberai In his present appointment as the Air Officer-incharge Personnel at Air HQ, is continuing to enhance the quality of personnel management and development of human resources in the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal Har Krishan Oberai, AVSM VM (4563) Flying (Pilot) has thus rendered distinguished services of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air Marshal Brijesh Dhar Jayal 4972 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Marshal Brijesh Dhar Jayal was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on the 8th October, 1955. His entire career has been marked with outstanding contributions in augmenting the operational potential and preparedness of the IAF. A test pilot of a very high calibre and a product of the Empire Test Pilot School, United Kingdom, he has held a variety of command and staff appointments.

In 1979, as a leader of the Jaguar Project Team in the UK, he was instrumental in the smooth and rapid induction of the aircraft in the service.

After graduating from the National Defence College in 1985 he was appointed Director Air Staff Requirements at Air Headquarters. Here, he displayed intense farsightedness in respect of the future requirements of aircraft, weapons and other equipment for continuous upgradation of operational potential. On promotion to the rank of Air Vice Marshal he took over as Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Plans). His acumen for planning and clear perception of long term requirements has been a contributory factor in formulating plans which are of immense value to the IAF in particular and the nation as a whole.

Before recently taking over as DCAS, the Air Officer had held the appointment of ACAS (Operations) with distinction.

Air Marshal Brijesh Dhar Jayal, AVSM, VM & Bar has, thus, rendered distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Sudheer Rajaram Karkare 5083 F(N)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Vice Marshal Sudheer Rajaram Karakare (5033) Flying (Navigator) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 14 Jan 56. During his long and distinguished career he has held a number of important command and staff appointments which include Command of Navigation and Signals School, Senior Officer in-charge Administration at HQ SWAC, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Record Office, Senior Officer-in-charge Administration at Central Air Command, Senior Personnel Staff Officer at HQ CAC and presently Senior Air and Administration Staff Officer at HQ Maintenance Command.

Throughout his career AVM Karakare displayed exceptional brilliance and dedica­tion. He became a Navigation Instructor at merely three years of service and ultimately rose to become an A­1 category instructor. He made very significant contribution in the training of a very large number of navigators in the IAF during the rapid expansion period of post­China war. His instructional acumen coupled with sheer hard work ensured the needs of the IAF at this crucial juncture. He finally Commanded the Nav and Signals School of the IAF and his command saw smooth transition from Dakota to Avros as the Navigation trainer aircraft.

He later commanded a very sensitive radar unit in the Eastern Sector and brought about qualitative improvements in its operational effectiveness. During this phase of his command he also ensured the timely completion of work services with respect to Medium Depot Maintenance. AVSM 1990

He was appointed the SPSO at the HQ CAC in August 1980. As SPSO he brought significant improvement in all personnel matters handled by his section and achieved creditable improvement in the discipline aspect of the Central Air Command. He also coordinated the President's colour Presentation to No. 6 and 7 Squadron with distinction.

He has successfully undergone several prestigious courses in India and abroad and is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College. He was appointed the Air Officer Commanding Air Force Record Office in 1985. As the AOC of the important unit he brought to bear his rich administrative and field experience, on the optimization of available man power while at the same time foreseeing the training needs of our airmen. Here he wrote a service paper on 'Long Term Planning - Airmen Manning' with a 15 years perspective. He was also able to establish a strong rapport between the field Commanders and the Air Force Record Office. In his present appointment as the SAASO, Maintenance Command AVM Karkare has again displayed deep understanding and maturity in the handling of large number of civilian personnel and improved manmanagement.

Air Vice Marshal Sudheer Rajaram Karkare has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
AVM Ranjit Singh Bedi 5120 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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AVM Ranjit Singh Bedi VM (5120) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the IAF on 01 Apr 60 and was assigned to the Fighter Stream. Since then he has held a number of prestigious command and staff appointments. He has commanded a Combat sqn and a Premier Aircraft Base in the Western Sector with distinction. He has also held command of a major Air Defence Direction Center and has been Director of Air Defence at Air HQs.

In 1971, while posted as the Flight Commander of a Front Line Combat Sqn, the officer was awarded Vayu Seva Medal for high professional ability, courage and devotion to duty. The officer continued to show these qualities in high measure when subsequently given command of a Sqn.

As Air Office Commanding a Major Base in the Western Sector, the officer displayed exceptional professional acumen and managerial abilities in bringing about all round improvements. His contribution towards increasing the utilization of Air to Ground Range, under his control, was particularly significant. Under his dynamic leadership the flying environment, maintenance infras­tructure and administrative facilities of the Station showed marked improvement. Through personal examples and refined man-management techniques, he was able to infuse a spirit of dedication and hard work amongst all personnel under his Command, thereby bringing the Station to a high state of operational preparedness in a very short time.

After graduating from NDC in 1986, the officer was appointed Director of Air Defence at Air HQ. During his tenure, he was instrumental in bringing about far reaching changes and improvements in the Air Defence environment of the country through innovative refinement of tactical doctrines, successful induction of state of art sensors and effective integration of newly installed Plan Adges equipment in the overall Air Defence system. His contribution as Director Air Defence has significantly enhanced the Air Defence capabilities of the Nation. His forward planning in this sphere has ensured that the process of upgradation of Air Defence potential would continue unhindered. On promotion to the rank of AVM in Nov 88, he was appointed Senior Officer Incharge Administration of a premier operational Command. While discharging his onerous responsibilities in this prestigious appointment with his usual professionalism and dedication, AVM Bedi was given additional task of organizing Air Power Demonstration at Tilpat range. The task of such magnitude not only required utmost attention to minutest details in planning but also coordination of time bound activities by a large number of civil and military agencies. This complex administrative plan was executed within the exacting time from with optimum economy, despite innumerable difficulties and bottlenecks, entirely because of AVM Bedi's inspired leadership, meticulous planning and sustained hard work. As a result he was able to make faultless administrative arrangements for a telling demonstration of the country's Air Power not only to the high dignitaries and diplomatic corps but also to the nation as a whole.

Air Vice Marshal Ranjit Singh Bedi VM has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Lawrence Aloysious Menezes 5280 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Commodore Lawrence Aloysious Menezes was commissioned on the 30th November, 1956. He is a very experienced fighter pilot with 3245 hours of flying on fighter aircraft and 1500 glider launches to his credit. He has had a glorious accident free record. He has held prestigious staff appointments at Air Headquarters and a Command Headquarters.

Air Cmde Lawrence Aloysious Menezes had actively participated in both Indo­Pak Wars in 1965 and in 1971. Apart from Vayu Sena Medal awarded to him in 1971 for his outstanding performance as a Flight Commander of MiG­21 Squadron, he was commended twice, first by the Air Officer Commanding­in­Chief HQ WAC and second time by the Chief of the Air Staff.

As a Gp Capt, Air Cmde Lawrence Aloysious Menezes did an exceptional job in bringing up one of the Air Force Stations to a full fledged fighter Wing from a Forward Base Support Unit. On promotion to the rank of Air Cmde, he was given a prestigious appointment of Air I of an operational command. On completion of the staff tenure, he was selected for National Defence College Course. He was given the command of an operational base for the second time in 1987. Displaying very high order of leadership, organisational ability, man­management and total involvement, he brought up the Station to high state of operational preparedness. This was amply displayed in performance of the Early Warning Force and the Strategic Reconnaissance Force placed under his command. Under his leadership, his Wing was awarded the 'Best Maintenance Trophy' in 1987-88. In 1988-89, the Wing was awarded the 'Best Admin Trophy' and to crown it all, the 'Overall Best Station Trophy' in Central Air Command.

Air Commodore Lawrence Aloysious Menezes, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Satish Kumar Sareen 5370 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Commodore Satish Kumar Sareen VM (5370) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force on 29 May 57. His outstanding qualities as a fighter pilot earned him early recognition and he was selected to undergo the Pilot Attack Instructor (PAI) course while still a young Flying Officer. During the course he established three armament records which stood for several years. Later in his career he was posted on the staff of the Pilot Attack Instructor School where his personal flying ability and model instructional technique gained him the admiration of his students and peers alike. Subsequently, he also served abroad as a Pilot Attack Instructor (PAI). He later held the appointments of Flight Commander and Commanding Officer of a fighter squadron and a Signals Unit with distinction. During his tenure as the Chief Operations Officer of a fighter wind he evolved procedures which significantly enhanced the operational and flight safety standards of the Base.

Air Commodore Satish Kumar Sareen VM (5370) F (P) was awarded the Vayu Seva Medal in 1971. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College and has held several important staff appointments including that of Joint Director Flight Safety. While in command of an Air Defence Control Centre he was selected for a diplomatic assignment abroad. As the Air Advisor at High Commission of India in London he established excellent working relations with the Royal Air Force and with the industry of the host country; this helped Air Headquarters in many way, including that of getting timely updates on development in the field of military aviation. His analysis and sound recommendations on the relevance and effectiveness of modern weapon systems also helped Air Headquarters in negotiations and decision-making in a number of procurements/ projects. He has thus contributed directly by large measure to the enhancement of the Indian Air Force's operational capabilities, both offensive and defensive. In addition, his very effective liaison with Britain's aerospace industry has helped the Indian Air Force induct and maintain equipment from that country with a much higher level of efficiency than would otherwise have been possible. In the process, he has also saved the country a vast amount of foreign exchange.

Air Commodore Satish Kumar Sareen VM has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ajai Kumar Brahmawar 5858 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Commodore Ajai Kumar Brahmawar VM (5858) Flying (Pilot) took over the command of an Operational Wing on 29 Sep 87 and set himself the task of bringing and maintaining the Wing at the highest state of operational readiness. Due to his continued and inexhaustible effort, the Wing has had many achievements in the last two years. During the period of two years the Wing has achieved a zero Cat 1 accident rate and the total accident rate is only 2.81 against the limit of 3.0. This is noteworthy as a substantial portion of the flying carried out by the two squadrons on the Wing involves operational training on young pilots. In addition, the wing flies one of the oldest combat aircraft, the Badals. The Wing also won the EAC Trophy for the Best Maintained Wing for the year 1988-89 and for the Best Administered Wing in 1988-89.

A very close rapport exists between the Wing and the Army formations nearby, largely due to untiring efforts of Air Cmde Brahmawar. The Army Aviation Flight located at Hasimara has been fully integrated with the Air Force and inter service relation is extremely cordial. With his keen interest in all welfare activities Air Cmde Brahmawar has not only raised the morale of all station personnel but has also improved the overall operational efficiency.

Air Cmde Brahmawar is an experienced fighter pilot and Pilot Attack Instructor who has held many important assignments with great credit, notable among them, Air 1 South Western Air Command, Team Leader Air Force Training Team in Iraq and Station Commander of two operational bases.

Air Cmde Ajai Kumar Brahmawar has thus rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Subash Chander Madan 5965 AELUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Commodore Subhash Chander Madan VSM (5965) Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) was commissioned in June 60, and has been Air Officer Commanding a vital Base Repair Depot, since Nov 87.

Air Cmde Madan has had a distinguished career spanning 28 years, during which he has, throughout displayed technical expertise and competence of the highest order, especially on Guided Weapon Systems.

As Air Officer Commanding the Base Repair Depot, Air Cmde Madan totally identified himself with the objectives and requirements of the Depot and was able to forge a close­knit team, fully conscious of its collective aim. Under his leadership, the Depot recorded an allround growth in technological facilities. In recognition of this, the Depot was adjudged as the Joint Winner of the 'Best Base Repair Depot Trophy' for 1987-88, followed in 1988-89 as the sole Winner of the 'Best Base Repair Depot Trophy' and Runners­up for the 'Best Administered Unit Trophy'.

The capability of handling unforeseen situation displayed by the Air Office in voluntarily undertaking emergency repairs of RSBN, even without adequate technological experience and facilities, was of the highest order.

During 1988-89, the depot was allotted a task of giving six Missiles Guidance Radars (MGRs). Air Cmde Madan went about the task in a truly professional manner and not only met, but exceeded the target, by producing seven Missile Guidance Radars. A remarkable aspect of this achievement was that a steady production rate was maintained throughout the tasked year.

By his dedication to duty, outstanding technological merit and qualities of leadership, Air Commodore Subhash Chander Madan VSM has rendered distinguished service of exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Air Cmde Ranjan Ghosh 6141 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Air Commodore Chitta Ranjan Ghosh was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as Flying (Pilot) on the 31st May, 1961. Till date he has flown 7300 hrs of accident free flying. He has held the highest CAT/IR viz on Packet, TU-124, AVRO-748 and AN-32 aircraft. He has also been Command Examiner on Packets and AN-32 aircraft.

He was sent to USSR in 1983 as the team leader for conversion and induction of the AN32 aircraft in the IAF. It was due to his capacity for hard work that the AN-32 aircrafts were inducted and initial training of aircrew was successfully completed in the given time frame.

Air Cmde Ghosh was posted as AOC of an Operational Wing with effect from the 1st Dec 1987. As AOC of this major Air Force Base, he successfully ensured the conduct of Air Maintnenace task in the forward areas, particularly in Siachen Glacier. This task was carried out with a variety of transport aircraft operating from his base. The airlift is the life line of our ground forces operating in an extremely hostile terrain. The personnel involved in the task work under pressure day in and day out throughout the year, irrespective of weather. To sustain such operations requires a high degree of motivation by a committed leadership. These have been demonstrated by Air Cmde Ghosh in ample measure.

Air Commodore Chitta Ranjan Ghosh, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sham Rao 6200 ACCTUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Group Captain Sham Rao was commissioned in 1961. He has successfully held AVSM 1990-91 various field and staff assignments and has graduated from the Defence Services Staff College. The officer was commended twice by Chief of the Air Staff in 1979 and 1983 and was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal in 1981.

He joined Dte of Financial Planning as Joint Director in May, 1985. He oversees all financial aspects relating to Five Year Plans, Annual Budgets, Foreign Exchange requirements and monitoring the performance with special reference to modernisation programme. Despite stringent economic conditions obtaining throughout the plan period 1985-90, not only the plan projections were accepted but through relentless efforts, higher annual allocations have also been secured to meet maintenance and on­going requirements and also provide for urgent new modernisation programmes. His thorough understanding of the financial system, total commitment, detailed and timely analysis and proper presentation of facts with convincing arguments have resulted in high quality output, highest standards of data credibility, cost­effectiveness and optimal utilisation of limited resources.

In formulating the Draft 8th Air Force Plan 1990-95, he has done considerable research work by liaisoning with Planning Commission, Indian Statistical Institute and other agencies for determination of resource and assessing maintenance and on­going commitments. The study has helped the Planning Branch in preparation of various models so that the 8th Plan could be submitted to MOD with authentic and irrefutable facts and figures for acceptance and also for better appreciation and implementation. He has successfully introduced computerisation in the Directorate which, besides reducing manual work, he has helped in speedier analysis and informed decision­making relating to budget and plan. This system is going to be of immense value for long time to come.

Group Captain Sham Rao, VSM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Amar Jeet Singh Sodhi 6388 AEMUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Group Captain Amar Jeet Singh Sodhi was commissioned on the 1st December, 1961. He has since held with distinction various assignments connected with aircraft maintenance/servicing.

As the Chief Engineering Officer of the Aviation Research Centre and later, of the vital Transport Base of the Indian Air Force, Group Captain Sodhi ensured highest possible serviceability rates, thereby, ensuring successful completion of high priority operational tasks. The impact of his efficient management and professionalism was manifest in substantial improvements in the entire spectrum of maintenance activities. As Chief Production Officer at a vital Base Repair Depot, he was able to not only reduce the unit cost of production but was also able to raise the production level of the BRD to cover 100% of the planned targets through effective control, forecasting and regular monitoring of the inventory.

As Director Engineering 'D' in Air Headquarters since September 1986, Group Captain Sodhi has been responsible for maintenance management of the Indian Air Force transport fleet of the Soviet origin. Bringing to bear his thorough professional expertise, managerial acumen and dedicated application, he has been responsible for the smooth induction of additional IL-76, AN-32, Mi-17 and Mi26 aircraft and helicopters into the Indian Air Force during the last two years. His systematic review of existing spares backing vis­à­vis immediate and future requirements has ensured a very high fleet serviceability to meet operational commitments. The on­call availability of the transport fleet during the last two years in 'Operation Pawan', 'Operation Meghdoot', 'Operation Cactus' and the 'Armenian Relief Operation' is really a tribute to the officer's ability to respond effectively and immediately even to unplanned escalations in demand for spares and maintenance support.

During his tenure as Director Engineering 'D', he also pioneered the task of not only setting up the Cat 'B' and Intermediate Repair Lines of AN-32, but also the servicing facilities for the aircraft at HAL Barrackpore and HAL Agra. The erection and successful commissioning of the first overhaul facilities for AN-32 Aero-engines at a vital Base Repair Depot is yet another example of the officer's untiring efforts to enhance the operational preparedness of the Air Force.

Group Captain Amar Jeet Singh Sodhi has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Chittalore Doraiswami Chandrasekhar 8426 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Group Captain Chittatoor Doraiswamy Chandrasekhar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a Fighter Pilot in April, 1964. He has been posted as Station Commander of an operational station w.e.f. the 25th March, 1987. It was through his guidance and support that the fighter Squadron at his base achieved a high operational status and was given the highest grading amongst all the fighter Sqns. The Pechora Sqn at the Base was adjudged the best maintained Sqn in the IAF in 1987-88 and subsequently, was awarded the best Combat Crew Trophy for the year 1988-89.

He ensured that the administrative and maintenance support provided to the lodger units was oriented towards achieving a high degree of operational preparedness. Serviceability of the fighter Sqn had been the highest in the Type-75 fleet, providing 70% serviceability over the last two years. The mechanical transport state has been maintained at around 90% inspite of the limited resources and inadequate availability of spares in the local market.

Group Captain Chandrasekhar, through dedicated hardwork and untiring efforts ensured that the front­line Base and its lodger units under his command were kept at peak operational preparedness with well maintained machines and highly trained and motivated man­power.

Group Captain Chittatoor Doraiswamy Chandrasekhar, VM has thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Atanu Guru 16794 F(P)Unit : 125 Sqn  Award Date 26 Nov 87 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru was inducted in Air Force Element of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka with the very first fleet of Akbars while he was still undergoing conversion. On 26th October 1987, Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru flew in a mission ex-Jaffna to search and destroy militants vehicles operating on the Jaffna Karaitivu causeway. Five vans were located on the causeway while attempting to flee towards Karaitivu. With extra ordinary accuracy and commendable professional calmness he destroyed these vehicles and killed all the militants personnel aboard these vehicles.

On the 3rd November 1987 Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru flew in a close air support mission for one of the Commando Battalion of the Para Regiment. The Commandos were surrounded by the militants and subjected to heavy automatic fire. He engaged the militants’ location on the Para Commando perimeter. These locations were within three hundred meters of friendly forces. The militants engaged the aircraft with automatic weapons using tracer ammunition and scored a hit. In spite of the visible stream of ground fire, Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru engaged the militants. His action forced the militants to retreat from their positions. The Para commandos won this action solely because of the Air Support provided by Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru’s determined attack on militants’ position.

On the 7th December, 1987, Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru flew in a search and destroy mission in support of one of the Commando Battalions of the Para Regiment in area Mulaitivu. The militants disembarked from a tractor and opened fire at the aircraft. In complete disregard of personal safety, Flight lieutenant Atanu Guru swiftly and accurately returned the fire and silenced the militants’ guns. Subsequent intercepts of militant radio messages showed that the devastating fire had destroyed the tractor and killed and wounded several militants.

On the 15th December 1987, while engaging a militant vehicle-carrying reinforcements against a battalion of Garhwal Rifles in Mulaitivu area the militants opened fire and the aircraft was hit on the main rotor blade. Despite this and intense enemy fire, Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru returned the fire and destroyed the van.

Flight Lieutenant Atanu Guru, thus, displayed conspicuous gallantry in a series of missions undertaken in support of IPKF ground forces.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.33 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vir Chakra
Flt Lt Manvendra Singh 16983 F(P)Unit : No.114 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jun 88 Announced 26 Jan 90
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Since 1st March, 1988 Flight Lieutenant Manavendra Singh (16983) Flying (Pilot) has been on the posted strength of an Operational Helicopter Unit.

Flt Lt Manavendra Singh has to his credit the successful carrying out of over 2000 operational missions and over 1000 sorties to the highest helipad in the hospitable terrain of the Siachen Glacier. Between 26th June and 21st August 1988 on eight separate occasions, at three different helipads on the Siachen Glacier, Flight Lieutenant Manavendra Singh faced the additional challenges due to incessant enemy small arms and artillery. He has faced this grim situation every time with exceptional courage and gallantry. Being a dedicated soldier, he always undertook such missions with unusual enthusiasm in spite of being clearly aware of the inherent dangers.

His gallant conduct has been a source of inspiration to all personnel of his unit besides upholding the great traditions of the Indian Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.33 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Dhirendra Nath Sahae 11590 F(P)Unit : No.119 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 24 Aug 88 Announced 26 Jan 90
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On the 24th August 1988 when ‘OP CHRCKMATE’ phase (III), being conducted by 4 Inf Div in Mitikaikulam jungles in Sri Lanka, Wing Commander Dhirendra Nath Sahae was detailed of standby at Mulaitivu helipad with 4 x 16 57 mm RPS in offensive role. During a dare devil attack on the TAC HQ of 7 Brigade, the militants blew up one OP Chetak and managed to damage another. They also managed to attack the HQ with RPG and automatic weapons thus gravely endangering lives of GOC IPKF Land Forces, other senior Army and Air Force Officers present at that location. Wing Commander Sahae was immediately asked to scramble in order to deal with LTTE threat. He got airborne and reached the area within record time of 12 minutes. He engaged the militants and fired the rockets at the area as directed by another airborne Chetak aircraft. He successfully neutralized and threat and ensured safety and security of the TAC HQ and senior Army and Air Force Commanders at the site. Three militants were reported killed due to his timely action and they were forced to withdraw without causing any further damage.

Wing Commander Dhirendra Nath Sahae, thus, displayed exceptional professional skill, devotion to duty, courage and bravery of high order in action against militants.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.33 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vir Chakra
Wg Cdr Krishan Kumar Yadav 12032 F(P)Unit : Air HQ and Comm  Award Date 09 Nov 87 Announced 26 Jan 90
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On the night of 9th November 1987 at 2330 hours, Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Yadav, task force commander, heliborne operation in Jaffna, was called upon by one of the Division Commanders to undertake an emergent mission in which 180 commandos of one of the Para Battalions were to be dropped at Sabaipai, to neutralize a strong hold of militants. Knowing the guerrilla warfare tactics and the prevailing ground situation, Wing Commander Yadav made a prudent assessment of situation and flew initially a single aircraft with limited troops to the dropping zone to safeguard against large un-escorted heliborne force getting destroyed by ground fire before it could reach the target. His appreciation was proved correct. Just after landing of the force, the militant guerrillas opened heavy ground fire on the helicopter and took a pot shot on Wing Commander Yadav’s aircraft. A brave and dedicated leader, Wing Commander Yadav took control of his aircraft and the situation and recovered the helicopter safely to the base. Undeterred by operational hazards of guerrilla warfare and the fierce ground fire encountered in the previous sortie, he led the remaining two sorties shortly after the first mission and accomplished the task of dropping all 180 troops at the designated places even though the ground fire still persisted.

Wing Commander Krishan Kumar Yadav displayed gallantry, professionalism and selfless devotion to duty in action against the militants.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.33 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Shaurya Chakra
Sgt Laxman Prasad Swamy 641460 ORUnit : Air HQ and Comm  Award Date 07 Jul 88 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Sergeant Lakshman Prasad Swamy, Airframe Fitter of Air Headquarters Communication Squadron was travelling with his family in a bus from village Budabar to Sujjangarh Rajasthan on the 7th July, 1988. The bus got bogged down in sand. The conductor while taking out a PSP sheet from the bus roof, accidentally touched the PSP sheet with the overhead high voltage power cable where it got stuck, resulting in electric shock and severe burns to many passengers.

Without caring for his badly injured wife and son or his own personal safety, Sgt Prasad displayed rare courage and presence of mind in that critical situation in which the driver of the bus had fled the scene. He ensured safe evacuation of all the injured and badly shaken passengers, himself being the last to leave the ill fated bus. But before he could step out from the bus, the attendant in the distant power house had replaced the blown-out fuse causing a second electric shock to the bus in which the saviour of all passengers – Sgt Lakshman Prasad of Indian Air Force was electrocuted,

Sergeant Lakshman Prasad Swamy, thus, gave a rare display of selflessness and courage in saving damages and made the supreme sacrifice of his life.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.34 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Shaurya Chakra
Sqn Ldr Sanjiv Mishra 14094 F(P)Unit : No.142 SSS Flight  Award Date 07 Oct 88 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

A team of seven European Trekkers between the ages of 30 to 70 years had been stranded at an altitude of 14500 feet in Bhutan. One of them had already died and the rest were in a critical condition. They were reported to be suffering from High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPO) and unless immediately evacuated would have met the same fate. On the 7th October, 1988 Squadron Leader Sanjiv Misra was detailed for the casualty evacuation mission. Although he was aware that the place of evacuation was located well above the normal operating limits of the Chetak helicopter and that too in an uncharted territory, Sqn Ldr Misra decided to proceed with the mercy mission since any delay would have resulted in more fatalities. He took off with a senior Bhutanese official on board and showing exceptional skill quickly searched the area and located four survivors. In spite of the extremely difficult hilly terrain, he managed to put down the helicopter on a narrow ledge and evacuated two of the more serious casualties. He now learnt that the dead foreigner and the other two survivors were stranded at a place 2/3 miles away and their condition was even worse. Sqn Ldr Misra flew the two casualties to Thimpu, kept the rotor going and then after quick refueling at Paro proceeded to the second location. Since no clear place was available, after considerable search and bringing all his experience into play he managed to hold the helicopter on a small patch in a hilly stream which was strewn with huge boulders. He left the senior official at this site to guard the body and evacuated the two casualties to Thimpu. Once again, after quick refuelling, he went to the 1st location and flew out the remaining two casualties. By this time the weather had deteriorated and he had already been flying for over 5 hours. But realising that the civilian official guarding the dead body was in peril and would not survive the night, he went back once again and rescued the civilian along with the dead body.

Throughout this mission, Squadron Leader Sanjiv Misra showed high professional skill and exceptional courage.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.34 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Shaurya Chakra
Wg Cdr Chekuri Mohan Rao 10561 F(P)Unit : No.117 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Feb 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

In February, 1989 Wing Commander Chekuri Mohan Rao was called upon to launch a mission to rescue twelve casualties belonging to Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) from Bara-Lacha-La, who were involved in a serious avalanches in snow-bound areas. Wing Cdr Rao detailed himself to under take this difficult mission and lead a section of two Cheetah helicopters for the rescue operations. On the 26th February, 1989, displaying exceptional skill and consummate courage, he crossed Rohtang pass in extremely turbulent weather and landed successfully on the small and snow covered helped at Bara-Lacha-La at an altitude of 16000 feet and evacuated three SASE causalities to Manali. After refueling and unmindful of his personal safety he took off again and landed at Bara-Lacha-La in marginal weather. On the return flight Wg Cdr Rao had on board his co-pilot and three SASE (Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment) casualties. Shortly after getting airborne from Bara-Lacha-La, his helicopter developed sever vibrations and aircraft became almost uncontrollable. It was a grave aircraft emergency aggravated by poor visibility and marginal weather. Using his extraordinary flying skills, he managed to guide the virtually uncontrollable aircraft towards the only available small flattish piece of land on a hill slope. Displaying tremendous courage he managed to turn the helicopter during the last stages of force landing in such a manner that he personally took the major brunt of impact with the hill slope. While all the other occupants survived, Wg Cdr Rao sustained serious injuries and after surviving 12 hours into the sub-zero and treacherous climatic conditions at that high altitude, he succumbed to his injuries.

Wing Commander Chekuri Mohan Rao demonstrated courage and devotion to duty of a very high order and made the supreme sacrifice of his life in the finest tradition of the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.34 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Shaurya Chakra
Lt Uday Kumar Sondhi NAVYUnit : No.2 Squadron  Award Date 15 Apr 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details : (02897) X Pilot3

On the 15th Apr, 1989, Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi was authorized to fly as No. 2 in a tactical formation. The sortie was normal till the aircraft was rolling on to finals. On attempting to roll out of the descending turn Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi experienced jamming of the control column and could not roll out on finals. Showing exceptional alacrity and awareness for his level of experience he correctly operated the servodyne dump value and opened the throttle despite the critically low reaction time available. However he gained only a limited control of the aircraft and was unable to role out of the turn. Faced with the likelihood of the aircraft crashing into a populated village on the approach Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi displayed exemplary courage of an extreme order in staying with the aircraft despite immense danger to himself. He used the limited control available to him to avoid the village and crashed in an open and unpopulated area thus saving a number of lives. Even after crashing, with the aircraft and his own flying clothing in flames Lieutenant Sondhi displayed a remarkable presence of mind, composure and professionalism in exhorting the civilian who arrived on the scene to come to his aid. Lieutenant Sondhi's left ankle was jammed in the crash and displaying commendable resistance to pain and with flames licking at his body he was able to drag his leg out. Literally on fire he was still able to instruct the locals in pulling him out of the burning wreckage. During his ordeal he suffered 45% severe burns and subsequently his left leg was required to be amputated below the knee.

Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi, thus, displayed tremendous courage and presence of mind in a very critical situation.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.34 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Shaurya Chakra
Civilian Ananth Bhattacharjee ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Apr 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details : (02897) X Pilot3

On the 15th Apr, 1989, Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi was authorized to fly as No. 2 in a tactical formation. The sortie was normal till the aircraft was rolling on to finals. On attempting to roll out of the descending turn Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi experienced jamming of the control column and could not roll out on finals. Showing exceptional alacrity and awareness for his level of experience he correctly operated the servodyne dump value and opened the throttle despite the critically low reaction time available. However he gained only a limited control of the aircraft and was unable to role out of the turn. Faced with the likelihood of the aircraft crashing into a populated village on the approach Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi displayed exemplary courage of an extreme order in staying with the aircraft despite immense danger to himself. He used the limited control available to him to avoid the village and crashed in an open and unpopulated area thus saving a number of lives. Even after crashing, with the aircraft and his own flying clothing in flames Lieutenant Sondhi displayed a remarkable presence of mind, composure and professionalism in exhorting the civilian who arrived on the scene to come to his aid. Lieutenant Sondhi's left ankle was jammed in the crash and displaying commendable resistance to pain and with flames licking at his body he was able to drag his leg out. Literally on fire he was still able to instruct the locals in pulling him out of the burning wreckage. During his ordeal he suffered 45% severe burns and subsequently his left leg was required to be amputated below the knee.

Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi, thus, displayed tremendous courage and presence of mind in a very critical situation.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.34 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Shaurya Chakra
Civilian Bhushan Bhattacharjee ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 15 Apr 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details : (02897) X Pilot3

On the 15th Apr, 1989, Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi was authorized to fly as No. 2 in a tactical formation. The sortie was normal till the aircraft was rolling on to finals. On attempting to roll out of the descending turn Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi experienced jamming of the control column and could not roll out on finals. Showing exceptional alacrity and awareness for his level of experience he correctly operated the servodyne dump value and opened the throttle despite the critically low reaction time available. However he gained only a limited control of the aircraft and was unable to role out of the turn. Faced with the likelihood of the aircraft crashing into a populated village on the approach Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi displayed exemplary courage of an extreme order in staying with the aircraft despite immense danger to himself. He used the limited control available to him to avoid the village and crashed in an open and unpopulated area thus saving a number of lives. Even after crashing, with the aircraft and his own flying clothing in flames Lieutenant Sondhi displayed a remarkable presence of mind, composure and professionalism in exhorting the civilian who arrived on the scene to come to his aid. Lieutenant Sondhi's left ankle was jammed in the crash and displaying commendable resistance to pain and with flames licking at his body he was able to drag his leg out. Literally on fire he was still able to instruct the locals in pulling him out of the burning wreckage. During his ordeal he suffered 45% severe burns and subsequently his left leg was required to be amputated below the knee.

Lieutenant Uday Kumar Sondhi, thus, displayed tremendous courage and presence of mind in a very critical situation.

Reference: Gazette of India , 28th April 1990 - No.34 - Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Yudh Seva Medal
Gp Capt Pradip Bhagat 7412 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Group Captain Pradip Bhagat, VSM took over as Base Cdr Vavuniya Srillanka on 14 Nov 88 and served in that capacity upto 09 Feb 89. During this period of just under three months, the Base organization underwent revolutionary changes for the better and inter service relations reached a level of exceptionally high order. He managed to achieve spectacular improvements notwithstanding on going intense operations against militants including a possibility of evacuating Vayuniya airfield.

The area where AF Base Organisation was located had to be raised by a few inches, proper drainage provided and some areas black topped/cemented. All this was achieved by Gp Capt Bhagat in a matter of just two months.

For his dynamism, capacity for hard work and professionalism of a very high order, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Gp Capt Pradip Bhagat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Gp Capt Harpal Singh Ahluwalia 9821 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Group Captain Harpal Singh Ahluwalia VM was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 16 Oct 65. in Jul 87, he was entrusted with the responsibility of raising a new Mi-17 Helicopter unit.

Within a week of the formation of the unit, Gp Capt Ahluwalia led a detachment to Sri Lanka for OP PAWAN. Gp Capt Ahluwalia led his helicopters in heliborne operations around Jaffna Peninsula and deeper into the jungles of Vavuniya, opening up the area for Indian troops. In Sep 87, his unit was inducted for OP MEGHDOOT and took on the brunt of the task when Pakistan attacked in the Siachen Glacier. Gp Capt Ahluwalia also carried out an emergency relief operation for 600 Border Road laboureres stranded in freak snow storms in Bara-La-Chala in Himachal Pradesh during Oct 87.

Gp Capt Ahluwalia's professional skill and his leadership qualities enabled his unit to win both the best Overall performance Helicopter Unit Trophy for 1987-88 and the IAF Flight Safety Trophy for the Best Helicopter unit for 1988-89.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, dynamic leadership and especially for his operational work in OP PAWAN and OP MEGHDOOT, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Gp Capt Harpal Singh Ahluwalia VM.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr V Kumar 8386 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Vijay Kumar was a detachment Commander of four Mi-17 helicopter element in Sri Lanka since 15 Jun 1989.

On the night of 15/16 Jul 89, within minutes of the receipt of a message that an IPKF convoy had been ambushed by LTTE militants causing heavy casualties, Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar took off for the rescue mission. He undertook the hazardous task of executing a night landing at a helipad with totally inadequate night landing facility and that too in an area infested with LTTE militants. By his exceptional professional skill, Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar executed a safe night landing surrounded by tall trees and power lines and lit only by the head beam of a solitary vehicle. Under his leadership, the detachment executed each and every mission with full success, maximum safety and clock work precision. The detachment also continued to maintain an envious record of one hundred percent serviceability.

For his devotion to duty and exceptional professionalism, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva medal to Wg Cdr Vijay Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Ramamoorthy Vijay Kumar 10918 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Ramamoorthy Vijay Kumar was attached to Air Force Element of the IPKF since Oct 87.

Wg Cdr Kumar has been actively involved in flying duties in connection with the Indian Forces in Srilanka (OP PAWAN). He and his crew were involved in the initial buildup of forces in Jaffna in early Oct 87. They operated for eight consecutive days without adequate rest, airlifting artillery and tanks to Jaffna and Trincomalee. It was due to his personal rapport with the local Army and airport authorities that the aircrew could be provided with some sort of administrative support at the airfields. During Oct 87, Wg Cdr Kumar flew a total of 73 hours on Gajraj aircraft in connection with various aspects of the operations.

For his devotion to duty, excellent professionalism and ability to inspire his colleagues in adverse conditions, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Wg Cdr RV Kumar

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Vikram Singh Ranawat 12390 F(P)Unit : No.125 Helicopter Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Vikram Singh Ranawat was commanding one of the Helicopter Squadrons since 28 Nov 87.

He was serving with the Air Force Element of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. On 04 Jan 88, Para Commandos were helilanded in a Special Heliborne Operation in the area of Mulaitivu. The officer was detailed to escort the mission in an Akbar. One team of Para Commandos encountered deadly enemy fire and asked for close air support. In spite of heavy ground fire, Wg Cdr Ranawat carried out repeated front gun and rocket attacks on enemy position with great accuracy. While carrying out attacks, he contacted a Chetak Helicopter at Mulaitivu to evacuate the casualties. The officer continued the suppressive fire keeping enemy pinned down and made it possible for the Chetak to evacuate three casualties safely.

For his gallant actions in the face of enemy, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Wg Cdr VS Ranawat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Flt Lt Sanjay Mittal 16773 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Sanajy Mittal has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units since 22 Dec 86.

He was first among the few pilots from the unit to join the Indian Peace keeping Force in Oct 87. During the hostilities in Jaffna, the officer flew 21 missions, both day and night. The unit moved to its new location in February and ever since, the officer continuously participated in various operations like troop induction/deinduction, casualty evacuation, logistic support etc, under extremely hostile conditions and unfamiliar terrain. While carrying out operation in areas vulnerable to enemy fire, his professional handling instilled confidence amongst other crew.

For his flying effort, dedication and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Sanjay Mittal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill 17317 F(P)Unit : No.153 Helicopter Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Amrinder Singh Gill has been posted to one of the Helicopter Units since 15 Dec 86.

Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill was amongst the first from the unit to join IPKF. The officer has flown over 700 missions logging 350 hrs under the most hazardous and hostile conditions. Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill has undertaken the widest variety of operations in the operation PAWAN, ranging from the most dreaded troop induction to air maintenance and the most daring casualty evacuations by day and night. Flt Lt Amrinder Singh Gill with his ability to remain cool in the face of ever elusive enemy had constant ground fire, is an example of the ultimate in professionalism.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Flt Lt Naveen Tanwar 17461 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Naveen Tanwar has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units since 08 Dec 86. He has been operating from Jaffna in support of Indian Peace Keeping Force since Dec 87.

Flt Lt Tanwar continued to stay at the operational area till the unit moved to its new location. He flew over 650 missions amounting to over 300 hrs over an extremely hostile terrain. Undeterred by the hostile conditions, Flt Lt Tanwar carried out his duties with efficiency and great courage while spending more than 180 days on the island. He has displayed exceptional professionalism and dedication to service by evacuating the casualties. Though young in service and relatively inexperienced, he showed determination and grit of a very high order.

For his professional skill, devotion to duty and distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Naveen Tanwar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Yudh Seva Medal
Flt Lt Ashish Mokashi 17473 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 90 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Flight Lieutenant Ashish Mokashi has been on the posted strength of one of the Helicopter units since 08 Oct 86.

Flt Lt Mokashi was amongst the first to join the IPKF in Oct 87. He flew over 550 missions and 300 hrs as a part of the IPKF. In the hostile conditions, he flew various missions like troop induction/de-induction, resupply, air maintenance, casualty evacuation, armed missions etc. with great alacrity and professional zeal. Even when flying was very demanding and extensive, Flt Lt Mokashi never lost his cool and carried out his task with courage, accuracy and professional excellence. Through his actions, Flt Lt Mokashi proved himself to be a dedicated and a fearless professional who had kept the interest of his country and service foremost.

For his outstanding efforts and achievements, the President is pleased to award Yuddh Seva Medal to Flt Lt Ashish Mokashi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1990 Number: 

Bar to Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Harbans Singh Bath 12008 F(P)Unit : No.130 Helicopter Unit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Harbans Singh Bath VM was posted on 15 Feb 88 as the first Squadron Commander of a newly raised Mi-17 Squadron. The unit became fully operational within one week of its formation.

On 21 Jun 88, the unit was assigned the task of undertaking drop sorties at Sia La, a strategic Army post situated at a height of 5.7 Kms on the glacier. It was a Dropping Zone (DZ) where Mi-17 helicopter had never operated before. Wg Cdr Bath not only carried out successful drops at Sia-La but also utilized this opportunity to train his pilots while on-the-job. Subsequently, he repeated similar feats at "Bahadur" (DZ) and "Sonam" (DZ). In Apr 89, our ground forces holding 'Thapa' ridge were critically low on rations and ammunition and were under heavy fire from enemy. This post was hazardous for helicopter operations in view of its topography and very restricted flying space. Wg Cdr HS Bath, flying through zones of enemy fire, carried out 5 missions on a single day and delivered the much needed supplies to the beleaguered contingent of our Army.

For his personal example and selfless devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Bar to Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Harbans Singh Bath.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal
Gp Capt Surendra Singh Tyagi 9467 F(P)Unit : DASI  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Group Captain Surendra Singh Tyagi has been posted in the Directorate of Air Staff Inspection since 28 Jul 86.

Gp Capt Surendra Singh Tyagi was commissioned in the flying branch on 16 May 65. He has been in the fighter stream all along and has commanded two fighter bomber Squadrons of the IAF.

The officer has flown all the fighter aircraft types in the IAF including Mirage-2000 and MiG-29 and has a total of 4166 hrs to his credit. He has flown 5255 sorties (3428 hrs) on the MiG-21 alone crossing the 5000 sorties mark on the aircraft as early as 13 Feb 87. During his present tenure, the officer has undertaken a total of 91 inspections including those of Wings, FBSUs and Squadrons. During these inspections, he has flown 528 sorties (295 hrs) on a variety of aircraft.

For his single-minded dedication and devotion to duty, the president is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Gp Capt Surendra Singh Tyagi.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Gp Capt Anant Gopal Bewoor 9718 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Group Captain Anant Gopal Bewoor was commissioned in Oct 65. An officer with exceptional professional competence and vast instructional experience, he has to his credit 4680 hrs of accident-free flying on mainly heavy transport and trainer aircraft.

On assuming command of the Gajraj Squadron on 01 Oct 87, he so streamlined all the squadron operations through suitable delegation of authority that within weeks of his taking charge, it was transformed into an extremely potent force. The squadron's contributions in the massive airlift of men and material of the Indian Peace Keeping Force to Sri Lanka, rescue mission in air of the besieged President of Maldives and an emergency relief mission to Armenia in Nov/ Dec 88 are vivid testimony to his leadership and organizational competence.

For his outstanding leadership and professionalism, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Gp Capt Anant Gopal Bewoor.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Arun Kumar Saxena 11312 F(P)Unit : Indian Scientific Expedit  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Arun Kumar Saxena is posted as Command Intelligence Officer at Headquarters Western Air Command since 19 Jun 89. As a highly qualified helicopter pilot, he had the distinction of being selected to lead the IAF contingent for the Indian Expedition to Antarctica in 1988.

To provide airlift to construct the second permanent station at 'Maitri', the IAF contingent carried out three Mi-8 helicopters instead of the usual two.

Wg Cdr Saxena carried out repeated precision sorties despite the meager clearance of just one meter from the ship' static crane and completed the gigantic airlift of 613 meteric tones of load and 450 passengers in 525 sorties. This resulted in timely completion of the Indian Station 'Maitri'.

For his display of gallantry and exceptional devotion the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Arun Kumar Saxena.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Bhushan Nilkanh Gokhale 11630 F(P)Unit : No.221 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale assumed command of a fighter squadron on 18 May 87.

He personally led an operational IRLS sortie over the border in Siachen area in Aug 87. Under his Command, the performance of the unit had been exemplary during EXHAMMER BLOW and EX-SURAKSHA II.

Wg Cdr Gokhale took personal initiative and established a new approach to the TRS (turn round servicing) on a MiG variant reducing the TRS time by half. Wg Cdr Gokhale has been instrumental in identifying, initiating and implementing a major modification of the MiG variant which in the near future will allow an armament recorder camera to be fitted.

For his significant contributions to the operational preparedness of the squadron and dedication to duty, the President is please to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Bhushan Nilkanth Gokhale.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Anil Sinha 11297 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Anil Sinha took over command of a fighter Squadron at a forward base on 21 Sep 87.

Displaying a keen sense of dedication to duty, he personally planned the Squadron's operational flying training with a view to ensure maximum operational effectiveness of the Squadron. A clear indication of his effort in this aspect was 23 upgradations of aircrew status during his command. The Squadron was beset with an acute shortage of technical manpower and non-availability of sufficient spares. However, despite such constraints, Wg Cdr Sinha managed to obtain a very high rate of serviceability; largely through personal involvement.

For his outstanding qualities of leadership and dedication to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr Anil Sinha.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg Cdr Ajit Vishwanath Vaidya 11848 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Ajit Vishwanath Vaidya commanded a frontline fighter squadron from 22 Jul 87 to 19 Jun 89. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and has been type examiner on Mirage-2000 aircraft. During his tenure as Squadron Commander, the squadron was put to operational test on two occasions. First in July 87, the squadron was asked to move on short notice to Yelahanka in connection with Srilanka operations. Wg Cdr Vaidya carried out the task successfully by ferrying the aircraft ten of his aircraft in the shortest possible time. On the second occasion, his squadron was directed to move to Trivandrum in battle order on 03 Nov 88 and in a commendable period of under 4 hours, Wg Cdr Vaidya ensured that his squadron aircraft were airborne and the ferry was completed.

He is the first pilot to have fired air-toground weapons from Mirage-2000 which he did most accurately at Pokharan and then at Tilpat during Air Power Demonstration 89.

For his professional and notable contribution to operational preparedness, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Ajit Vishwanath Vaidya.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Yeshwant Rao Rane 12210 F(P)Unit : No.15 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Yeshwant Rao Rane took over command of a fighter Squadron on 06 Jun 87. During his tenure as Commanding Officer, his squadron has flown 4900 hrs amounting to 8800 sorties on both fighter and trainer aircraft. This stupendous task of accident-free flying was carried out after meeting all the operational commitments allotted to the Squadron. The high state of serviceability maintained by the Squadron, the accident-free flying effort and excellent training status of its pilots won the Squadron the trophy of 'Best Supersonic Squadron of the IAF' for the year 1987-88 and the best assessment for any fighter Squadron inspected by DASI during 1988.

For his exceptional devotion to duty, leadership of a very high order and professional skill, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Yeshwant Rao Rane.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Pranab Kumar Barbora 12375 F(P)Unit : No.29 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Pranab Kumar Barbora was commissioned on 13 Jan 70. He has to his credit over 3000 hours of accident-free flying. He is a qualified flying instructor as well as a fighter combat leader.

Wg Cdr Barbora has been in command of an operational squadron since Jun 87. On taking over command of the squadron, he whole-heartedly devoted himself the task of developing his unit into a well-knit and cohesive force. During his command, his squadron flew over 8300 sorties and 4800 hours while maintaining a very high average aircraft serviceability of 78%. Under his leadership, the Squadron achieved 100% serviceability on 4 different occasions. The Squadron achieved a very high pilots operational status of over 90% throughout his tenure. During the Gunnery meet of 1988, the Squadron was adjudged "The Best Overall Squadron".

For his professional acumen and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Pranab Kumar Barbora.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Karan Singh Chhina 12389 F(P)Unit : No.4 Squadron  Award Date 20 Feb 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Karan Singh Chhina has been commanding a fighter squadron since 06 Jul 87.

On 20 Feb 89, he was authorized to fly a handling/aerobatic sortie. This aircraft had come out after snag rectification of the cone system.

While lowering the undercarriage on downwind for a landing, he noticed that though the main wheel indications were showing green, there was no light indication of the nose wheel. Wg Cdr Chhina decided to fly past the Air Traffic Control (ATC) and get his undercarriage position confirmed visually. The ATC confirmed that the main wheels were down but the nose wheel was flushed up.

Disregarding all dangers to himself, Wg Cdr Chhina decided to put the aircraft with nose wheels up and landed the aircraft with the nose wheel up. This action on part of Wg Cdr Chhina was beyond the call of duty.

For his exemplary courage and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Karan Singh Chhina.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal
Wg Cdr Amandeep Singh Gill 12944 F(P)Unit : No.44 Squadron  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Wing Commander Amardeep Singh Gill was commissioned in the flying branch in January 1972. He has 7300 hrs of accidentfree flying to his credit with the distinction of being the first Gajraj pilot to achieve 1000 hrs in this mighty jet. He flew over 900 hrs during his tenure of Aircrew Examining Board.

While undergoing IL-76 conversion abroad, Wg Cdr Gill put in dedicated effort in formulating the checklists and Standard Operating Procedures for operations of Gajraj aircraft in the new environment. His diligence beyond the call of duty made subsequent operations and training of pilots on IL-76 aircraft in India both productive and safe.

For his outstanding professionalism, dedication and selfless devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr Amardeep Singh Gill.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Virendra Pal Singh 14551 F(P)Unit : 1 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 30 Aug 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Squadron Leader Virendra Pal Singh is one the posted strength of one of the Base Repair Depots since 06 Jun 88 and is employed as a test pilot on Hunter and HS-748 aircraft production and storage flight testing duties.

On 30 Aug 89, Sqn Ldr VP Singh was authorized to carry out Air Test on T-75 aircraft after Pre-issue servicing. Climb to 13 Kms was uneventful. All of a sudden, there was an explosion followed by a fierce wing blast with splinters hitting the pilot on his face. Half the canopy had blown away shattering the pilot's visor and deeply denting the helmet. Remaining part of the visor had blood on it and was flapping wildly as a result of airflow entering through the shattered canopy.

Unmindful of his personal safety, the pilot initiated recovery action. The noise level as a result of wing blast was very high and transmission from the ground was not discernible. Air Traffic Control gave visual indication for landing. A safe landing was carried out.

For his courage, self-confidence and professionalism of a high order, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Virendra Pal Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Chandra Sekhar Venkatramany 14089 F(P)Unit : Operational Conversion Unit  Award Date 23 Jun 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Squadron Leader Chander Shekhar Venkataramany has been on the posted strength of Operational Conversion Unit since 07 May 88. On 23 Jun 89, he was authorized to carry out engine check on a Hunter aircraft. After take off, at a height of 500', the engine flamed out.

The low height made the emergency critical, indicating immediate ejection in the normal course. However, the pilot quickly analysed the situation and decided to delay ejection. As the speed dropped to 160 kts, and he had grabbed the ejection handle, he felt the engine relight and the RPM just starting to build up. At 200' AGL, when he was sure of making the runway, he started throttling back to reduce the RPM but the engine again flamed out. He thereafter handled the aircraft with consummate skill and airmanship, carrying out a perfect, dead stick landing on the runway. He not only saved a precious aircraft but also contributed substantially to Flight Safety, since the cause of flame out could be conclusively determined.

For his sound knowledge of aircraft system and efficient handling of grave emergency, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Chander Shekhar Venkataramany.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Sunderraman Neelakantan 15184 F(P)Unit : No.1 Squadron  Award Date 14 Feb 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Squadron Leader Sunderraman Neelakantan was posted to Tactics Development Establishment on 19 Dec 88 to undergo Flight Combat Leader Course.

On 14 Feb 1989, Sqn Ldr Neelakantan took off in a MiG-21 aircraft for a training sortie. After 18 minutes of uneventful flying, when the speed was 850 Kph and height 4.5 Km, he felt the aircraft rock violently out of control. He noted that the main hydraulic system has also failed. Determined to recover the aircraft, he applied himself to the task and was able to maintain control of the aircraft only below 3 Km with significant left rudder pressure only at speeds below 500 Kph. Together with the loss of power, he was also denied the use of flaps and air brakes due to hydraulic failure. Despite the multiple emergencies, Sqn Ldr Neelakantan displaying exceptional skill, executed a flawless descending circuit terminating in a direct flapless approach and landing.

For displaying exceptional flying outstanding professionalism, judgment and confidence, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Sunderraman Neelakantan.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Kulwant Singh Gill 15220 F(P)Unit : Indian Scientific Expedit  Award Date 25 Dec 88 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Squadron Leader Kulwant Singh Gill is on the posted strength of one of the helicopter Units since 01 Jul 87. He was selected as a member of the Air Force Contingent for the Eighth Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. The Air Force team was given the task to airlift large quantities of bulk and heavy construction material to the site of the second Indian Station, Maitri in Antarctica. Sqn Ldr gill undertook the missions repeatedly with consistent accuracy to avoid huge obstruction of the ship's crane only a meter away from the rotor tips.

On 25 Dec 88, he was the Captain of a Helicopter which was to take vital Cargo from the ship to Maitri. The helicopter developed engine compressor split of 10% just after take off from the ship. Sqn Ldr Gill maintained his calm and flew the helicopter towards Dakshin Gangotri and carried out a perfect forced landing on the ice shelf with practically only one engine developing full power.

For this conspicuous courage and gallantry at Antarctica, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Kulwant Singh Gill.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Wg Cdr Philip Mohan Mathai 13244 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 24 Feb 89 Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Squadron Leader Philip Mohan Mathai is the senior Flight Commander of a Fighter Squadron since 13 Jun 88.

On 24 Feb 89, he was authorized to fly as No. 3 in a 4 aircraft (MiG) formation which was to release live stores over SK Range. Soon after dropping the stores the entire formation entered the thick black smoke billowing from the target due to Napalm explosion of the formation ahead of it. Sometimes during this period No. 4 aircraft collided with No. 3 aircraft hitting it from the top.

After the impact, the pilot experienced total communication failure. Displaying total professionalism, he continued to fly towards base while continually trying to connect his shattered radio telephone plug. He had to be shepherded in for landing as his forward visibility was nil.

For his courage and exemplary professionalism, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Philip Mohan Mathai.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn Ldr Ajit Singh Slaich 13812 F(P)Unit : No.121 Helicopter Flight  Award Date Announced 26 Jan 90
Details :

Squadron Leader Ajit Singh Slaich was commissioned in the Air Force in Jun 74.

In Feb 89, the unit was called upon to take over the tasks of Pawan Hans Ltd. in Bombay High. In a short period of four months, Sqn Ldr Ajit Singh undertook 365 offshore sorties and airlifted 5620 passengers and 26408 Kgs of load to Bombay High installations.

On the afternoon of 16 Mar 89, Sqn Ldr Ajit Singh was detailed to evacuate a casualty having a skull fracture, from Amla to Nagpur. Driven by rare missionary zeal and relying on the confidence acquired over the years, he made a concerted effort and evacuated the casualty to Nagpur.

For his high sense of dedication to duty and exemplary effort, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Sqn Ldr Ajit Singh Slaich.

Reference: Gazette of India dated 12th May 1990 - No.38-Pres/90 dated 26th January 1990 

The Awards Database presented here was made possible by the kind generosity of Air Marshal Bharat Kumar, author of Courage & Devotion to Duty : A Chronicle of IAF's Honours and Awards (1932-2008). Air Marshal Bharat Kumar had very graciously given permission to reproduce the citations from the book on this website.
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