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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: Capt Ravindar Das Dhir, VrC

Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 05 Dec 1971

During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Lieutenant Commander Ravindar Das Dhir was the pilot of an Indian naval aircraft, which carried out strikes on enemy held ports in Bangladesh. On the night of 5 December, during a bombing raid on a port, his aircraft came under heavy anti-aircraft gunfire by the ships in harbour. Regardless of his safety, he successfully completed the attack and caused heavy damage to harbour installations and ships. One of the ships was sunk during the attack. In the same mission, whilst returning, he sighted two camouflaged gunboats in a port, and despite heavy anti-aircraft gun fire, he led two successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of one boat and immobilising the other.

Throughout, Lieutenant Commander Dhir displayed gallantry, leadership and professional skill of a high order.

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