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Air Commodore Navayath Santosh

Service No & Branch 17720 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 21 Dec 1984 Course: 134 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Apr 2019 Superannuated Nick Name :
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Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 21 Dec 1995Wg Cdr : 14 May 2001Gp Capt : 01 Jan 2008Air Cmde : 01 Jan 2011
Training and Other Courses Attended
4 HDMC (Gp Capt) - 31 Mar 2009
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

14 May 2001 - 15 Jun 2003Wg CdrNo.129 Helicopter UnitHindan Commanding Officer
26 Sep 2005 - 04 Sep 2006Wg Cdr2004 Helicopter SquadronCongo Commanding Officer
11 Oct 2006 - 05 May 2008Gp Capt10 Tactical Air CentreBhatinda Commanding Officer
15 Nov 2010 - 16 Jun 2013Air Cmde43 WingSulur (Coimbatore) Air Officer Commanding
01 Jul 2015 - 30 Jun 2016Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
31 Jul 2015 - No.127 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Air CmdeNavayath Santosh17720 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2014Announced 26 Jan 2014
Details : Air Commodore Navayath Santosh (17720) was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as a helicopter pilot in the flying branch on 21 Dec 84. He is a Helicopter Combat Leader with 5072 hours of accident free flying. The officer is an alumnus of the Defence Service Staff College and College of Defence Management. His previous appointments include Flight Commander of a helicopter unit, Commanding Officer of two Helicopter Units, one of which was under the United Nations in Congo. Chief Operations Officer of a base under the United Nations in Congo. Commander of a Tactical Air Centre in the Western Sector and a member of the faculty in the Defence Service Staff College at Wellington. Prior to the present appointment, he was Air I at Advance Headquarter South Western Air Command. With his foresight and involvement. the officer ironed out long standing contentious issues relating to joint operations and drafted the Joint Operations Directive. He was also instrumental in creating Joint Digital Target Folders of the sector. He worked in conjunction with the sister services and demonstrated maturity and understanding of the needs of the other services. In the present appointment as the Air Officer Commanding of an operational base. the officer has displayed unflinching loyalty, dedication, eye for detail. excellent ability to motivate his team. perseverance and the will to prevail under all odds. The base was entrusted the onerous task of conducting the President's Standard Presentation to two operational squadrons for the first time under Southern Air Command. The foresight, planning and execution under his command were exceptional. wherein. the complete event was executed with clockwork precision and impeccable military standards, thereby winning accolades from one and all. Under his command. the Base has also seen a multitude of infrastructural developments as a result of his holistic planning and initiative. The Sarang Display Team that was non-operational for over a year was resurrected smoothly largely due to his guidance and supervision. For distinguished service of high order. Honlle President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Air Commodore Navayath Santosh.
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Reference : Air Force Day Booklet
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