Lieutenant Commander JPA NORONHA
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1971
Service No.
00422-H
Rank at time of Award
Lieutenant Commander
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Mysore (Karnakataka)

Citation

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER JOSEPH PIUS ALFRED NORONHA (00422-H)

EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AWARD- 8TH DECEMBER, 1971

Lieutenant Commander Joseph Fius Alfred Noronha was in Command of INS PANVEL.  His ship formed part of the force which was entrusted with the task of attacking enemy targets in Mongla and Khulna areas during the period 8th to 11th December, 1971. The force was subjected to incessant air attacks while operating off Khulna, and the enemy shore defences also began to engage PANVEL. Lieutenant Commander Noronha handled his ship in most competent and fearless manner in very restricted waters and managed to effectively engage the enemy positions on the water front. He inspired his men by personal example. He and his ship’s company fought the enemy in a close quarters situation for a prolonged period. His bravery, utter disregard to his personal safety, leadership and untiring energy inspired his men to rise to great heights. Lt Commander Noronha succeeded in silencing enemy’s shore defences and caused very extensive damage to vital enemy installations.

Throughout the operations Lt. Commander Joseph Fius Alfred Noronha, displayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership.

JPA NORONHA