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Group Captain Rajesh Suresh Nandedkar

Service No & Branch 22108 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 19 Dec 1992 Course: 150 Course
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Fg Offr : 19 Dec 1993Wg Cdr : 19 Dec 2005Gp Capt : 03 Apr 2013
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptRajesh Suresh Nandedkar22108 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2018Announced 26 Jan 2018
Details : Group Captain Rajesh Suresh Nandedkar (22108-S) F(P) was commissioned as a fighter pilot in the Flying branch of the Indian Air Force on 19 Dec 92. He is a Category 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and has more than 5000 hours of accident/incident free flying to his credit. He has been the Flight Commander (Fit Cdr) of a Mirage-2000 Squadron (Sqn) and Commanded a MiG-21 Squadron. He has also been a Directing Staff (DS) at Flying Instructors School (FIS), and was selected as the first achieve Flying Instructor (CFI) for the newly acquired Pilatus PC-7 MK-II trainer aircraft. Presently, he is posted as Chief Operations Officer (COO) at a premier Fighter Station under the Central Air Command. He was the first squadron pilot to undertake live firing of Crystal Maze (CM) missile. He then formulated papers for operationalisation of CM and also made detailed briefing guide and Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the employment of special weapon As the first CFI of PC-7 MK-II aircraft, he contributed immensely in formulating syllabus, SOP and Briefing Guide for the newly inducted trainer aircraft (ac) and the fleet flew more than 15000 hours of accident free flying in one year under his watch. He was also instrumental in induction of first Pilatus Simulator at Air Force Academy (AFA). As DS at FIS, he singlehandedly digitized all the study material. Under his command, the MIG-21 Squadron was adjudged second overall in weapon firing competition, "Exercise Eklavya" and as the second best fighter Squadron of Western Air Command (WAC), competing against Su- 30, MiG-29 Jaguar and Bison fleet. Under his watch as COO, the station participated in 24 Command level exercises, 27 flying related workshops, 26 flying-trials and two Composite Graduate courses of Tactics and Combat Development & Establishment (TACDE). The base flew over 12000 hours on fourteen different types and accommodated over 1800 outstation movements. As the COO, he has shouldered the vast and demanding responsibilities of this highly active base with almost sincerity and dedication and ensured safety of operations. His efforts contributed towards the station attaining the coveted 'Best in Operations' trophy in Central Air Command (CAC) (2015), "Pride of CAC" (2016) and "Average Plus" grading in operations during Directorate of Air Staff Inspection (DASI) visit. He is current on all the roles of M-2000 and actively flies with all the flying units at base and has participated in highway landing, surge operations (Ops) and various exercises. He also trained aircrew of Mirage fleet on the Patric LDP. He upgraded the Terminal Weapon Control Centre at base using modern technology and integrated varied sensors, the same is considered as a bench mark for entire IAF. He maintained close liaison with Army and his sustained efforts resulted in Babina range being regularly utilized for live Bombing by aircraft of CAC. For distinguished service of high order, Hon'ble President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Rajesh Suresh Nandedkar.
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