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Wing Commander Anand Jaivanth Rao

Service No & Branch 10512 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 29 Oct 1966 Course: 96 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1991 Voluntary Retirement Nick Name :
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Fg Offr : 29 Oct 1967Wg Cdr : 19 Jul 1986
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Nov 1966 - 01 Mar 1967Plt OffrNo.221 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1967 - 01 Mar 1969Fg OffrNo.17 SquadronHashimara Squadron Pilot
01 Mar 1969 - 31 Mar 1972Fg OffrNo.24 SquadronKalaikunda/ Tezpur Squadron Pilot
01 Apr 1972 - 31 May 1975Flt LtNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
01 Jun 1975 - 31 Dec 1978Flt LtFighter Training WingHakimpet ACGI
01 Jan 1979 - 29 Dec 1981Sqn LdrNo.131 FAC FlightHalwara Flight Commander
30 Dec 1981 - 28 Mar 1982Sqn LdrNo.131 FAC FlightUdhampur Commanding Officer
28 Mar 1982 - 31 Dec 1984Sqn LdrNo.131 FAC FlightHalwara Flight Commander
31 Dec 1984 - 21 Jun 1987Sqn LdrAir Force AcademyDundigal Flying Instructor
22 Jun 1987 - 25 Jun 1989Wg CdrNo.131 FAC FlightHalwara Commanding Officer
26 Jun 1989 - 30 Jun 1991Wg CdrSecunderabad Commanding Officer
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrAnand Jaivanth Rao10512 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

Squadron Leader Anand Jaivanth Rao was one of the senior pilots of the Cheetah task force responsible for the initial induction of troops into Siachen Glacier during an operational exercise. He was one of the first aircraft to carry out initial reconnaissance of glacier, prior to the induction of the task force. On 13 Apr 84, he carried out induction of troops at an unprepared, unmarked and snowbound helipad, located at an elevation of about 17,000 ft. Thereafter, he continued to carry out similar operational sorties for 20 days at a stretch and inducted troops. He was the first pilot to explore and land at the site of the planned Assault Camp. With great tenacity for hard work, judgment and a very high sense of responsibility, he carried out a number of missions in the glacier area under most difficult and treacherous flying environment where minor errors could lead to disaster.

Sqn Ldr Rao was also detailed as the leader of the task force to undertake the salvage operations of two Cheetah Helicopters from a crash site to the Assault Camp. It was an exacting operation involving underslung flying, which he conducted with utmost speed and safety. He completed the retrieval of all aircraft parts well ahead of the planned schedule and undertook 43 sorties for the purpose. Flying for this task was invariably at the limits of performance of the aircraft.

During the exercise "Meghdoot" he flew over a hundred missions in the Siachen glacier under all types of weather conditions.

For his remarkable grit, determination and professional competence of an exceptional order displayed by him during this operational exercise and also in earlier similar missions in his flying career, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Squadron Leader Anand Jaivanth Rao.

Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 6th April 1985 - No.29-Pres/85 dated 26th January 1985
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