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Group Captain Deepak Sawhney

Service No & Branch 12943 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 22 Jan 1972 Course: 107 Course Entry Mode : NDA
Service End: Retired on 31 May 1997 Flying Hours : 2341 Nick Name : Dee/ Deepak
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: NA
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 03 Apr 1995
Training and Other Courses Attended
38 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 197018 FCL (Flt Lt) - 01 Sep 1980
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

DatesRankUnitLocationAppointmentPhoto
02 Aug 1970 - 16 Dec 1970Flt CdtElementary Flying SchoolBidar Cadet
02 Jan 1971 - 12 Jun 1971Flt CdtAir Force Flying CollegeJodhpur Trainee Pilot
01 Aug 1971 - 22 Jan 1972Flt CdtFighter Training WingHakimpet Trainee Pilot
07 Feb 1972 - 05 Mar 1972Plt OffrOperational Training UnitJamnagar Trainee Pilot
06 Mar 1972 - 08 May 1973Plt OffrNo.14 SquadronKalaikunda Squadron Pilot
09 May 1973 - 30 Jun 1974Fg OffrNo.45 SquadronBareilly Squadron Pilot
01 Jul 1974 - 14 Jun 1981Flt LtNo.4 SquadronTezpur/ Bareilly/ Ha Squadron Pilot
15 Jun 1981 - 04 Apr 1982Flt LtNo.220 SquadronJodhpur Squadron Pilot
04 Apr 1982 - 22 Aug 1982Flt LtNo.4 SquadronPune Squadron Pilot
23 Aug 1982 - 04 Apr 1985Sqn LdrNo.21 SquadronPune Flight Commander
05 Apr 1985 - 27 Jul 1985Sqn LdrFrance AFParis Mirage MCF
28 Jul 1985 - 31 Dec 1985Sqn LdrNo.7 SquadronGwalior Squadron Pilot
01 Jan 1986 - 23 Apr 1988Sqn LdrNo.1 SquadronGwalior Flight Commander
24 Apr 1988 - 07 Aug 1988Sqn Ldr40 WingMaharajpur (Gwalior) SFSIO
08 Aug 1988 - 03 Jun 1990Wg CdrAir Head QuartersDelhi Deputy Director (Air Defence)
04 Jun 1990 - 28 Jun 1993Wg CdrNo.2215 SquadronHalwara Commanding Officer
29 Jun 1993 - 01 Mar 1994Wg CdrWestern Air CommandDelhi Ops 1D
01 Mar 1994 - 31 May 1997Gp CaptWestern Air CommandDelhi Command Air Defence Officer
 
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Awards and Decorations


Number of Awards: 1
 
Vishist Seva Medal
Wg CdrDeepak Sawhney12943 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1995Announced 26 Jan 1995
Details :

Wg Cdr Deepak Sawhney was commissioned on 22 January 1972 in the Flying branch of the IAF. A Fighter Combat Leader, he is qualified on MiG-23 BN and Mirage 2000 aircraft. During 1986-89 he was the Flight Commander of a Mirage 2000 Squadron and was most effectively in carrying out all supervisory duties. In addition, he also flew 600 hrs on the Mirage ac during this tenure. He has 2400 hrs of accident free flying to his credit.

Wg Cdr D Sawhney was selected to command a Pechora missile sqn located at one of the premier operational bases in Western Air Command (WAC). Just prior to his taking over the squadron, the unit had been inspected and declared non-operational. Despite having no previous experience on the Pechora systems, Wg Cdr Sawhney was able to identify the weaknesses of his unit and initiate remedial measures. Due to his unstinted efforts, pragmatic approach to problems and dynamic leadership he brought about a sea change in the operational capability of the squadron. From non-operational squadron the unit transformed under his guidance into the Best Pechora Squadron in WAC.

During Wg Cdr Sawhney's tenure the squadron participated in three live firing camps at the missile firing range. The firing on all three occasions was a complete success.

Wg Cdr Sawhney has been on the staff of HQ Western Air Command since 01 Jul. 93. He has been instrumental in evaluating the effectiveness of BAP-100 runway denial weapons as well as evolving a precise procedure for providing offensive air support by night on targets which are not illuminated.

For distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wg Cdr Deepak Sawhney.

Unit : WAC
Reference : GoI19950126
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