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Air Vice Marshal Amitabh Raja Shendye

Service No & Branch 19904 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 17 Dec 1988 Course: 142 Course
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Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 17 Dec 1993Wg Cdr : 16 Dec 2004Gp Capt : 12 Jul 2010Air Cmde : 01 Mar 2017
Acting AVM : 03 Aug 2023AVM : 01 Aug 2023
Training and Other Courses Attended
73 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Dec 1987
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Wg Cdr

Air Cmde
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

13 Jun 2005 - 25 Feb 2007Wg CdrNo.109 Helicopter UnitSulur Commanding Officer
- Gp Capt19 WingBorjhar (Guwahati) Chief Operations Officer
12 May 2012 - 31 May 2015Gp Capt6 WingBarrackpore Station Commander
- Air CmdeDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Head of Training Team (Air)
- 30 Apr 2018Air CmdeAndaman and Nicobar CommandPort Blair Air Force Component Commander
25 Jul 2016 - No.109 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
01 May 2018 - 13 Sep 2020Air CmdeAir Force Records OfficeNew Delhi Air Officer Commanding
- 15 Apr 2024AVMDefence Services Staff CollegeWellington Chief Instructor (Air)
16 Apr 2024 - AVMAdvance HQ, Eastern Air CommandCalcutta Air Officer Commanding
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrAmitabh Raja Shendye19904 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2008
Details :

Wing Commander Amitabh Raja Shendye (19904) F (P) was commissioned as a Pilot in the Helicopter stream on 17 Dec 88. He has held the appointment of Flight Commander in two operational Helicopter Units and has also commanded a Helicopter Unit. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and a Unit Instrument Rating Instructor and Examiner (UIRIE) with over 5100 h of accident free flying to his credit. He is also a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College. For his operational achievements, he has received commendation by the CAS and by AOCin-C, Eastern Air Command.

In his long and distinguished flying career, Wg Cdr AR Shendye has flown almost all the helicopters in the inventory of the IAF and has participated in numerous operations and rescue missions. He was actively involved in Op Bajrang and Op Rhino against ULFA activists from 1990-92. From 1993-95, he took part in Op Meghdoot on the Siachen Glacier. During, Op Parakram, as Flt Cdr, he coordinated the deployment of his helicopter unit along the border in five different detachments. In the aftermath of the Tsunami, he was the Flt Cdr of the IAF contingent which was deployed in Sri Lanka for relief operations as part of Op Sea Wave. He carried out the maximum flying in the inhospitable LTTE infested areas, for which he received Certificate of Appreciation from the Government of Sri Lanka and letter of appreciation from AOC-in-C Southern Air Command.

During his tenure as the CO, his helicopter unit has been tasked with a number of rescue and relief missions. He has displayed sterling leadership qualities by ensuring a high operational and maintenance status and successfully executing each assigned task. He has also led from the front, by choosing to undertake the most difficult mission himself. He carried out casualty evacuation and flood relief operations near Kolhapur from 0513 Aug 05 displaying professional skills of a very high order amidst adverse weather conditions. During the operation, a total of 28475 kgs of relief supplies were airlifted and 42 people were rescued from the flooded area, flying a total of 64 sorties in 24 hours. He was responsible for effective planning in carrying out casualty evacuation and relief operations near Rajahmundhry from 21-26 Sep 05, near Mettur dam on 24 Oct 05, near PondicherryCuddalore from 25 Nov 05-01 Dec 05 and from river Amaravati on 11 Dec 05.

For exceptional devotion to duty, Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Amitabh Raja Shendye.

Unit : 109 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 10th November 2008. No. 34-Pres/2008 dated 26th January 2008
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