CDR KP GOPAL RAO
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1971
Service No.
00079-B
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Chennai

Citation

COMMANDER KASARGOD PATNASHETTI GOPAL RAO, VSM, (00079-B)

EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AWARD- 4TH DECEMBER, 1971

A small Task Group of the Western Fleet carried out an offensive sweep on the enemy coast off Karachi on the night of 4th/5th December, 1971. Notwithstanding the threat of enemy air, surface and submarine attack, Commander Kasargod Patnashetti Gopal Rao led his Task Group deep into enemy waters and succeeded in locating two groups of large enemy warships. Despite heavy gun fire from enemy destroyers, and at great risk to our ships and personnel, Commander Rao resolutely pressed home a determined attack which resulted in the sinking of two enemy destroyers and one minesweeper. After the surface engagement with enemy war ships, Commander Rao ordered his Task Group to penetrate deeper into enemy waters and successfully bombarded the port of Karachi setting fire to oil and other installations in the harbour.

In this operation, Commander Kasaragod Patnashetti Gopal Rao displayed conspicuous gallantry and outstanding leadership in the best traditions of the Indian Navy.

CDR KP GOPAL RAO