Destroyer of Pakistani submarine — Ghazi : The Tribune India

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Col Dilbag Singh

Dabas (Retd)

One of many oldest residing Chakra awardees and nonetheless match at 96, he can tackle any teenager in swimming. Lieutenant Commander Inder Singh, son of Rati Ram Malik, was born on October four, 1924, at Anwali village in current day Sonepat district of Haryana.

After matriculation from Jat Excessive College, Sonepat, Inder joined the Indian Navy as a sailor within the Royal Indian Navy in June 1944. He had his preliminary coaching at His Majesty’s Indian Ship (HMIS) Akbar at Thane in current day Maharashtra. Early in service, Inder was nominated to attend anti-aircraft first-class course at Portsmouth in England. He steadily rose via the ranks and was Petty Officer (equal to Subedar within the Military) when he was commissioned into the Navy on September 30, 1958. Throughout operation ‘Cactus Lily’ (India-Pakistan conflict in Japanese Theatre), Lieutenant Commander Inder Singh Malik was in charge of Indian Naval Ship INS Rajput.

First conflict with Pakistan in 1947-48 and the 1962 India-China battle occurred principally within the mountainous terrain, whereby the Indian Navy had no position to play. In 1965, regardless of provocation by the Pakistan Navy by bombarding the Dwarka port metropolis, the Indian Navy was suggested to stay defensive. Though raring to go and show its would possibly, it was strained on the leash. In all probability the Authorities of India determined to limit the scope of the conflict.

The 1971 conflict with Pakistan, nonetheless, was a special ball sport altogether. On the phrase go, the Indian Western Naval Command blasted the formidable Karachi harbour and diminished it to ashes inside 48 hours after the declaration of the conflict and the Japanese Naval Command pulverised all the East Pakistan coastal installations and blocked the Pakistani logistics reaching the japanese theatre by affecting naval blockade within the Bay of Bengal.

Even earlier than the hostilities broke out between India and Pakistan on December three, 1971, anticipating a close to sure conflict, Pakistan Navy deployed its American Made Tech Class assault submarine PNS Ghazi within the bay of Bengal with the mission to sink INS Vikrant, the flagship of the Indian Navy. Ghazi was additionally to mine the approaches to Indian ports on the japanese seaboard. As a precautionary measure, INS Vikrant was made to sail out to unknown location distant from Vishakhapatnam harbour.

After a pre-emptive assault on Indian air fields by Pakistani aircrafts on the night of December three, 1971, the Indian Navy visualised related underwater assault in opposition to naval base at Vishakhapatnam would possibly turn into a actuality. Subsequently, all naval defenses across the harbour have been alerted and the ships have been ordered to sail out of the harbour earlier than midnight.

On the intervening evening of December three and four, 1971, a really loud explosion was heard by the coastal battery deployed close to Vishakhapatnam Naval Harbour at 12:15 am. The depth of the explosion was such that the window panes of the homes half a mile away from the coast bought cracked. Within the morning, some fishermen reported oil patches and a few flotsam simply off the harbour. And the phrase went round that it was PNS Ghazi that exploded and sank. Numerous causes of her sinking have been presumed, however the trigger most generally believed and formally recorded was that Ghazi was destroyed and sunk by the depth cost fired at it by INS Rajput commanded by Lieutenant Commander Inder Singh Malik. The watch retrieved from the wreckage of Submarine Ghazi confirmed that it had stopped ticking exactly at 12:15 am.

For efficiently conducting a near-suicidal mission and destroying probably the most trendy submarine, Lt Cdr Inder Singh Malik was awarded the Vir Chakra.

Earlier than hanging his Navy whites in 1979, Lt Cdr Inder Singh Malik, Vr C, commanded an NCC Battalion for 3 years. After retirement, he served because the district president of Ex-Servicemen (ESM) league in Rohtak from 1984 to 1990 and the state president ESM League, Haryana, from 2011 to 2014, all through on a token wage of Re 1 monthly. The stability of his wage he contributed for the welfare of the ESM and the conflict widows of Haryana. The outdated troopers have been, and are, like that.

(The author is a veteran Gunner, 6 Subject Regiment)


The account of his bravery reads…

“Throughout 1971 India-Pakistan conflict, Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Inder Singh was the commanding officer of Indian Naval Ship INS Rajput. As per the orders, he took his ship out of Vishakhapatnam harbour on the intervening evening of December three and four 1971 at midnight. Intelligence intercepts had revealed the suspected location of the submarine ‘Ghazi’ and for security functions, Lt Cdr Inder Singh was suggested to maintain his ship away from that space. For the reason that space was not totally banned by the upper ups, with utter disregard to his private security and having full religion on his males and his ship, Lt Cdr Inder Singh steered INS Rajput in direction of the forbidden waters. After a ways, through the sail, a sea turbulence brought on by a potential submerging periscope alerted his ship about one thing shifting beneath the deep water. Suspecting it to be the enemy submarine Ghazi, with out giving a second thought, Inder Singh attacked the submerged Ghazi by releasing the depth expenses aimed toward it and sailed ahead with velocity to maintain his ship away from the purpose of explosion. After INS Rajput sailed ahead half a nautical mile in direction of east, a really loud explosion was heard and seen on the level, the place Inder Singh attacked the suspected vessel beneath. On early December four morning, the Japanese Command diving workforce confirmed that the submerged vessel was a submarine. And after extra probes by the naval divers led by Lt Cdr Sajjan Kumar Dahiya within the subsequent 48 hours, it was established with ‘ocular proof’ that the sunken vessel was certainly Pakistan submarine – Ghazi. The broken clock recovered from the wreckage of Ghazi had its needles stopped at 12:15 am. It was exactly the time at which Lt Cdr Inder Singh, commanding INS Rajput, had fired the depth expenses at a suspected object underwater. For his spot resolution, gallant motion and bravado of a excessive order within the face of the enemy, Lieutenant Commander Inder Singh Malik was awarded the Vir Chakra.”

Concerning the award

  • Vir Chakra was established by the President of India on January 26, 1950, with the awards efficient from August 15, 1947
  • Awarded for gallantry of a excessive order within the face of the enemy on floor, at sea or within the air. The ornament may additionally be awarded posthumously
  • Award of the ornament carries with it the precise to make use of Vr C as a post-nominal abbreviation. (Be aware the care to differentiate this abbreviation from that for the Victoria Cross which is VC)
  • Provision was made for the award of a Bar for a second (or subsequent) award of Vir Chakra
  • Amongst 10 recognized awards of the Bar to Vir Chakra, two bravehearts, particularly Wing Commander Purshotam Lal Dhawan (1948 and 1962) and Wing Commander Vinod Nebb (1965 and 1971), have been nurtured by the Haryana soil





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