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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.



Vir Chakra (VrC)
Awardee: Lt Cdr (L) Prakash Satyendra Chandavarkar, VrC

Gazette Notification: 37Pres/88 , 15-4-88
Operation: Op Savage (Sikkim)
Date of Award: 14 Apr 1988

During Operation “Pawan” on 16 November, 1987 Military intelligence reported the mass exfiltration of LTTE terrorists from Jaffna town to islands across the Jaffna lagoon. It was of paramount importance to destroy the militants’ base facilities and their boats, which were being used to bring in arms and ammunition, and for escape. Also, the waters round the area were heavily booby-trapped and mined and the approach through them was extremely dangerous.

In pitch darkness, at about 0400 hrs. on 17 November, 1987, Lieutenant Prakash Satyendra Chandavarkar Indian Marines Special Force, based on board Indian Naval Ship Landing Craft Utility 35, led a bat patrol to intercept the terrorists.

The boat patrol detected a high-speed motorboat dashing out of the lagoon and opened fire to prevent its escape. Prior to sinking the boat, the four LTTE terrorists were sighted dumping objects into the Jaffna channel.

After seizure of the terrorists, Lieutenant Chandavarkar carried out immediate diving operations, and recovered a box of improvised detonators. The diving operations were conducted under extremely trying conditions and in hostile waters. He persevered for two days and was successful in locating the box of high explosives. He then towed the box away to a safe area and neutralised it, thereby clearing the channel for safe navigation.

In carrying out these tasks, with a total disregard of his personal safety, Lieutenant Prakash Satyendra Chandavarkar showed exemplary courage, devotion to duty, presence of mind and high qualities of leadership in keeping with the best traditions of the Indian Navy. 

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