Commander MOHAN NARAYAN RAO SAMANT
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Award
MAHA VIR CHAKRA
Year of Award
1971
Service No.
00124-F
Rank at time of Award
Commander
Father's Name
NA
Mother's Name
NA
Domicile
Pune (Maharashtra)

Citation

COMMANDER MOHAN NARAYAN RAO SAMANT (00124-F)

Commander Mohan Narayan Rao Samant was the Senior Officer of a Force consisting of Craft, which carried out most daring and highly successful attacks on the enemy in Mongla and Khulna Ports. Maneuvering his Squadron through a most hazardous and unfamiliar route, Commander Samant achieved complete surprise and routed the enemy in Mongla inflicting very heavy losses. Commander Samant then proceeded to attack Khulna to destroy the enemy entrenched in strength in the port.  A bitter fight ensued in which the force was subjected to incessant air attacks. Two boats belonging to the Mukti Bahini operating with the Force were sunk. In utter disregard of his personal safety, the officer not only managed to pick up a large number of the survivors but persisted with fierce attacks on the enemy with devastating results. Commander Samant had a number of narrow escapes, but refused to withdraw to safer waters. By his personal example and high qualities of leadership, Commander Samant inspired his men to rise to the occasion and fight most gallantly.

Throughout the operations, Commander Mohan Narayan Rao Samant displayed conspicuous gallantry, dedication and leadership.

MOHAN NARAYAN RAO SAMANT