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Air Vice Marshal Saravjit Singh Hothi

Service No & Branch 12215 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 20 Dec 1969 Course: 103 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Oct 2007 Superannuated Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jan 1990Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1993Air Cmde : 12 Jan 1998Acting AVM : 01 Apr 2004
AVM : 12 Jan 2004
Training and Other Courses Attended
34 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 1968
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

10 Jun 1988 - 13 Aug 1990Wg CdrNo.31 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
20 Sep 1995 - 21 Dec 1997Gp Capt41 WingJaisalmer Station Commander
05 Jan 1998 - 03 Jun 2000Air Cmde9 WingHalwara Air Officer Commanding
01 Apr 2004 - 17 Dec 2006AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2007 - 31 Oct 2007AVMHQ NCCDelhi Additional Director General (A)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSaravjit Singh Hothi12215 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1991
Details :

Wg Cdr Sarvajit Singh Hothi has been commanding an operational squadron with effect from 10 Jun 88. His systematic approach, quest for excellence and the stress laid on training of Sqn pilots enhanced the operational status of the Sqn. His planning and approach to operational status ensured that all night strike qualified pilots successfully undertook live heavy armament stores firing at a range.

The task of planning and co-ordinating of night exercises was entrusted to Wg Cdr Hothi. His meticulous planning and effective co-ordination involving different fleet was exemplary.

Wg Cdr Hothi has flown nearly 1000 hrs on MiG-23 BN ac, all accident free. He has a total of 4055 hrs to his credit on single engine jet aircraft.

For his professional excellence, zeal, contribution towards operational preparedness, leadership, devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Wg Cdr SS Hothi.

Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 24th August 1991 - No.3-Pres/91 dated 26th January 1991
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptSaravjit Singh Hothi12215 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1998Announced 26 Jan 1998
Details :

Group Captain SS Hothi (12215) F (P) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 20 Dec 69. He assumed the Command of Air Force Station, Jaisalmer, an important Fighter Base of SWAC, on 20 Sep 95. The Officer was tasked to rationalise the Air Defence (AD) assets and relocate these, to new sites to enhance their operational capability. The task, comprised moving of an AD Radar Unit, one Pechora SAGW flight and four TRUs which required certain work services. Normally, the work services would have taken over a year and involved substantial expenditure of about Rs 4-5 lacs. Owing to his personal liaison with the local Border Roads and Army formations, he was able to accomplish the task in few months. He also rationalised the CRC and BADC set ups which had in-built duplication of personnel and equipment. By combining the two, he established a Combined Ops Centre (COC) at the Base, which is proving to be more effective and efficient.

During the last 15 months, the Base was allotted three special tasks-conducting Fire Power Demo-95, Longewala Silver Jubilee Celebrations, and Exercise 'Vayu Shakti'. These functions were graced by Ministers and high ranking civilian and military dignitaries. Both FPD-95 and Ex 'Vayu Shakti' called for meticulous planning and close coordination at the Base level which involved reception of about 800 personnel and their movement to Pokhran weapons range. Under his dynamic leadership the Station rose to the occasion executing these events successfully. Further, the officer's personal drive and directions have resulted in immense improvement in the quality of life on the Base.

For his outstanding performance, dedication and devotion to duty of an exceptional order, the President is pleased to award "Vishisht Seva Medal" to Group Captain SS Hothi.

Unit : 41 Wing
Reference : GoI19980126
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