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What is Happening

A meeting of the War Decorated Trust was held on Thursday at Chandigarh. The following Trustees were present:

  • Brig Sant Singh, MVC** (in the Chair)
  • Brig NS Sandhu, MVC
  • Brig KS Chandpuri, MVC, VSM
  • Capt Reet MP Singh, VrC

Discussion centered around passing the audited accounts for the year 2012-2013 and the Scholarship Scheme of the Trust.



Mahavir Chakra (MVC)
Awardee: Capt Arvind Singh, MVC

Gazette Notification: 34 Pres/88 26.1.88
Operation: 1987 Pawan Sri Lanka
Date of Award: 22 Jan 1988


Lieutenant Arvind Singh was Officer-in-Charge of Indian Marine Special (IMSF) team which along with 10 para Commandos was given certain specific tasks as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force operation in Sri Lanka. Lieutenant Singh leading a team broke out from Jaffna Fort at 1430 hours on 19 October 1987. During this operation, the team had to negotiate a heavily mined road with booby traps laid by militants. The team was under militant's fire from buildings and rooftops. Lieutenant Singh by his personal example of bravery motivated his men to secure the area, which resulted in link up of 41 Brigade with 1 Maratha Light Infantry on 20 October 1987.

On the night of 21 October 1987, the IMSF team under his leadership was tasked to destroy Guru Nagar Jetty and the militant speedboats in the Jaffna Lagoon. The team successfully placed and detonated explosive charges and extensively damaged the Jetty and destroyed six militant speedboats. In order to destroy the remaining militant speedboats, the team reached its destination by swimming over a mile under water and successfully planted demolition charges in 11 speedboats, kept ready for the escape of hardcore militants. Before the charges could be exploded the team came under heavy fire from the militants. Lieutenant Arvind Singh once again took charge of the situation effectively and provided a diversion by exposing himself to militants' fire without any regard for his personal safety.

This act inspired his men who accomplished the task of destroying all the speedboats. Lieutenant Arvind Singh thus displayed exceptional devotion to duty and gallantry in the highest traditions of the Indian Navy.

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