Number Name Branch Died in Service? Picture?

Wing Commander Sharad Uddhavrao Apte

Service No & Branch 12380 F(P) (Orig: GD(P))
Date of Birth: 11 Nov 1949 Commissioned: 13 Jun 1970 Course: 104 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2001 Died on 05 Dec 2023 (74 Years age) Nick Name :
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 02 Jun 1990
Training and Other Courses Attended
35 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 196843 DSSC (Wg Cdr) - 07 May 1988
Badges Qualified
Google the Bharat Rakshak Website for : "S U Apte"

Wg Cdr
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

01 Jan 1978 - 01 Jan 1980Flt LtFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
- 31 Dec 1985Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior Flight Commander
21 May 1988 - 23 Apr 1990Wg CdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior Commanding Officer
Incomplete Information? Additions? Corrections? Please download Template File and follow instructions.

Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrSharad Uddhavrao Apte12380 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Wg Cdr Sharad Uddhavrao Apte was commissioned on 13 Jan 70 and has been on the posted strength of Directorate of Operations (Air Defence), Air Headquarters since 23 Apr 90.

Wg Cdr Apte is a highly qualified and experienced Mirage-2000 pilot. He commanded one of the premier fighter squadrons for two years and both the years, the squadron was adjudged the 'Best Fighter Squadron of IAF'. It was also awarded the Best Flight Safety (CAC), Best Squadron on CAC (1990) and the IAF Instrument Rating Trophies.

During May 89, eight fully serviceable aircraft were damaged in a hangar collapse. Within a matter of three months all these aircrafts were repaired and flown, with Wg Cdr Apte flying the first air test sortie on each of these aircraft. He, thus, displayed high professional competence and extraordinary airmanship.

As Deputy Director Air Defence at Air Headquarters, Wg Cdr Apte, with his professional knowledge and planning abilities was able to resolve the long outstanding problems of War Wastage Reserve of Mirage fleet including specialist weapons in relatively short period.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr SU Apte.

Unit : 1 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994
The data in the header section of this page comes from the Gazette of India - Click here to see the source
Note: All the data available here is publicly available in the Gazette of India, published by the Indian Government, or from public domain sources, press releases about Awards and Right-To-Information (RTI) Requests. Additionally data shared by veterans is added to the page with permission. No data with respect to serving officers below the rank of AVM is displayed. Information in Gazette of India and Award citations and photographs as released by the Indian Air Force are the only details displayed.