Captain MN MULLA
MAHA VIR CHAKRA (Posthumous)
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1971
Service No.
F-506
Rank at time of Award
Captain
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA

Citation

CAPTAIN MAHENDRA NATH MULLA

EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE AWARD- 9TH DECEMBER, 1971                                                                                                            

Two ships of the Indian Navy under the command of Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla, Senior Officer of a Frigate Squadron were assigned the task of locating and destroying a Pakistan Submarine in the North Arabian Sea. During these operations on the night of 9th December, 1971, in ship KHUKRI was hit by torpedoes fired by an enemy submarine and sank. Having decided to abandon ship, Captain Mulla without regard to his own personal safety supervised the arrangements for the rescue of his ship’s company in a very cool, calm and methodical manner. Even at a later stage whilst the ship was sinking, Captain Mulla showed presence of mind and continued to direct rescue operations and refused to save himself by giving his own life saving gear to a sailor. Having directed as many of his men as possible to leave the ship, Captain Mulla went back to the bridge to see what further rescue operations could he performed. In doing so, Captain Mulla was last seen going down with his ship. His action and behavior and the example he set, has been in keeping with the highest traditions of the service. Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla has displayed conspicuous gallantry and dedication

MN MULLA