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Air Commodore Mahadeva Ramakrishna

Service No & Branch 12027 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 21 Jun 1969 Course: 102 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 2002 Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 01 Aug 1989Acting Gp Capt : 11 Jan 1993Gp Capt : 01 Dec 1993Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998
Training and Other Courses Attended
33 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196737 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 21 Nov 198140 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2000
Badges Qualified
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Air Cmde
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

21 Jun 1989 - 27 Sep 1992Wg CdrNo.109 Helicopter UnitSulur Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt3 Tactical Air CenterSiliguri Commanding Officer
04 Dec 2000 - 31 Oct 2002Air Cmde28 WingHindan (Ghaziabad) Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrMahadeva Ramakrishna12027 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1993
Details :

Wing Commander Mandava Ramakrishna assumed Command of a helicopter unit on 21 Jan 89 and immediately dedicated himself whole heartedly for 'OP PAWAN' in Srilanka. He personally flew 440 missions and successfully carried out live underslung operations of an Army Chetak helicopter shot down earlier under LTTE fire from Mettur jungles on 30 Oct 89. His personal attention to minute details, sound advance planning, initiative and above all exemplary courage as a leader enabled the unit to provide admirable support to IPKF throughout the difficult and trying conditions of "OP Pawan".

In May 90, during the relief operations in Andhra Pradesh, he not only worked round the clock flying and co-ordinating the entire relief operation involving seven Mi-8 and six Chetaks, but also flew 15 to 20 sorties every day in hazardous and adverse weather conditions. Again in Jun 91, Wg Cdr Ramakrishna led two helicopters in marginal and adverse weather to provide relief in tidal waves affected islands of Maldives rendering yeoman's service to the island nation of Maldives.

During the tenure of three years, Wg Cdr Ramakrishna has spared no effort in maintaining high operational status of all aircrew of the unit. His consistent had work and unstinted dedication has enabled the Sqn to maintain 100% categorization at all times. He was instrumental in achieving the Best Helicopter Unit trophy for 1989.

His excellence in professionalism, exemplary dedication, tenacity, outstanding leadership and a rare capacity to meet all operational tasks have been of highest order and in keeping with the best traditions of Indian Air Force.

For his professional competence and excep tional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr M Ramakrishna.

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Reference : Gazette of India dated 24th April 1993 - No.63-Pres/93 dated 26th January 1993
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