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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: Cmde Kumara Madhava Velappan Nair, VrC

Gazette Notification: 74 Pres.72 1-6-72
Operation: 1971 Cactus Lily
Date of Award: 09 Dec 1971

Captain Kumara Madhava Velappan Nair was the commander of the task force, which attacked Karachi on the night of 8 December 1971. In the face of imminent air attack and in the presence of enemy shore gun batteries, he led his task force against the enemy off Karachi. Despite the fact that his force was detected and reported to Karachi by a picket vessel, he led his ships undeterred into action in the area off Karachi, which resulted in the sinking and damaging of many Pakistani naval units.

In this action, Captain Nair displayed gallantry and leadership of a high order.

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