MAHIPAL YADAV, PO UWI(AD)
SHAURYA CHAKRA (Posthumous)
Award
SHAURYA CHAKRA
Year of Award
1997
Service No.
112853-K
Unit
INS Savitri
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Rajasthan

Citation

MAHIPAL YADAV, PETTY OFFICER UW I (AD), 112853-K)

EFFECTIVE DATE OF AWARD 29TH JULY, 1996

On 29th July, 1996 at about 1700 hrs the INS Savitri was in the midst of a major tactical exercise off the Cast coast. While carrying out astern fueling with a merchant Navy tanker, the nylon line attached to the fueling hose became entangled in the ship’s stabilizer. To avoid the possibility of ship being immobilized on high seas, the base line was cut off and the ship immediately brought to a stop. However, all efforts to disentangle the line from the ship proved futile. Since sun-set was fast approaching and there was urgent used to clear the fouled line so that the ship could get underway at the earliest, a decision was taken to send divers down to clear the line from the ship bottom.

Petty Officer Yadav volunteered to undertake the first dive as he considered that his greater experience would prove useful in the conditions of rough sea and fading light prevailing at that time. Petty Officer Yadav went over the ship’s side and proceeded to execute the given task in a cool, calm and professional manner. Inspite of extremely difficult working conditions Petty Officer Yadav carried on his task undeterred and succeeded in finding the end of hose line and the buoy, both of which surfaced in a short while thus removing the danger to the ship.

However, during the complicated difficult and hazardous task of disentangling the hose line, Petty Officer Yadav suffered injuries which caused incapacitation and death due to asphyxiation.

Petty Officer Mahipal Yadav, thus, displayed conspicuous gallantry extreme devotion to duty and made the supreme sacrifice.

MAHIPAL YADAV, PO UWI(AD)