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Air Marshal Ajay Shrivniwas Karnik

Service No & Branch 13140 F(P) Stream :Fighters
Date of Birth: 30 Nov 1951 Commissioned: 24 Jun 1972 Course: 108 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Nov 2011 Superannuated Died on 28 Apr 2021 (70 Years age) Nick Name : Ajju
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 11 Mar 1991Gp Capt : 11 Aug 1995Air Cmde : 08 Oct 2001Acting AVM : 13 May 2005
AVM : 01 Jan 2005Air Marshal : 01 May 2008
Training and Other Courses Attended
39 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1970
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Sep 1975 - 01 May 1980Fg OffrNo.26 SquadronAdampur Squadron Pilot
- Wg CdrCollege of Air WarfareSecunderabad Directing Staff
17 Jun 1991 - 30 May 1993Wg CdrNo.28 SquadronPune Commanding Officer
01 Apr 1995 - Gp Capt32 WingJodhpur Chief Operations Officer
12 May 1997 - 05 Jun 2000Gp Capt5 Forward Base Support UnitUttarlai Station Commander
26 Aug 2001 - 15 Aug 2003Air Cmde33 WingJamnagar Air Officer Commanding
01 Jan 2004 - 30 Jun 2004Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
01 Dec 2004 - 17 Dec 2006AVMSouthern Air CommandTrivandrum Senior Air Staff Officer
10 May 2006 - No.28 Squadron Commodore Commandant
18 Dec 2006 - 30 Apr 2008AVMMaritime Air OperationsBombay Air Officer Commanding
01 May 2008 - 30 Sep 2009Air MarshalEastern Air CommandShillong Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Oct 2009 - 31 Mar 2010Air MarshalWestern Air CommandDelhi Senior Air Staff Officer
01 Apr 2010 - 30 Nov 2011Air MarshalPSO: Inspection & Safety, Air HQDelhi Director General (Inspection & Safety)
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal
Wg CdrAjay Shrivniwas Karnik13140 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1994
Details :

Wg Cdr Vijay Shriniwas Karnik was commissioned on 24 Jun 72. He has commanded a MiG-29 Squadron during 1991-93.

His single minded devotion and dedication to operations resulted in evolution of many new tactics including the first Anti Beyond Visual Range Missile tactics which was accepted by Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment for Trials.

Wg Cdr Karnik, a professionally competent officer, was specially selected represent the IAF at Belgium in the prestigious Fighter Weapons Instructors Training Symposium in which all the NATO countries participated.

A direct indicator of his dedication and devotion to duty is the book written by him called "Know your MiG-29". The effort was commended by the CAS and has been approved and published for the operations of MiG-29 aircraft. The book is of great value for the pilots as well as for the engineers of MiG-29.

For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Wg Cdr Ajay Shriniwas Karnik.

Unit : 28 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 19th March 1994. - No.20-Pres/94 dated 26th January 1994
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptAjay Shrivniwas Karnik13140 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2000Announced 26 Jan 2000
Details :

Group Captain Ajay Shriniwas Karnik, VM (13140) F (P) has been the Base Commander of a FBSU, Air Force since May 97. Commissioned in the IAF as a fighter Pilot on 24 Jun 72, Gp Capt AS Karnik has had a distinguished record as a Squadron pilot. He is a graduate from Defence Services Staff College. Prior to taking over his present assignment, he commanded a fighter squadron and has done a tenure as Chief Operations Officer at a major base.

As a station commander of this important forward base he has brought about an all round improvement in the operational, maintenance and administrative set up. Notwithstanding the remote location of the unit he successfully inspired his men and officers to perform optimally and achieved the desired results. Activities like setting up of ASBADC, replacement of AC plant in ATC, clearance of vegetation around runway shoulders, improvement in drainage system to prevent flooding of runway were achieved with innovative use of unit resources within the PDCs. Apart form contributing extensively during FPDs, the unit took an active part in Ex-Shivshakti and EX-Gujraj. Successful UAV trial and day-night SHB operations in conjunction with Army were carried out from this base during the period of exercise. A big thrust was given to improve the technical practices and working environment within the base. The technical flight at Uterlai was successfully set up with transfer of manpower and equipment from Jodhpur. Timely completion of various labs contributed in a large measure to the expeditious setting up of tech flight. Works services were given a fill up resulting in more than 20 original works being executed within the PDC and savings ranging from a few thousands to Rs. 10 lakhs in some cases.

Displaying leadership qualities of high level, Gp Capt AS Karnik led by setting a personal example in the base. He has successfully infused a sense of pride and camaraderie amongst the personnel resulting in their battling against all odds to achieve success.

Group Captain Ajay Shriniwas Karnik, VM has, thus, rendered distinguished service of an exceptional order.

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Reference : GoI20000126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAjay Shrivniwas Karnik13140 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2012Announced 26 Jan 2012
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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