1971 Indo-Pak war: Destroyer of PNS Ghazi passes away | Gurgaon News

ROHTAK: War hero Commander Inder Singh (retired), destroyer of Pakistani submarine PNS Ghazi in 1971, passed away on Monday night in Haryana and was cremated with full state honours on Tuesday at Rambagh on the Sheela bypass here.
He died in a local private hospital to which he was moved on October 2. Rakesh Kumar Saini, sub-divisional magistrate, Wing Commander Gorika Suhag, welfare officer of Zila Sainik Board, Jagbir Singh, and Ravinder Kumar represented the district administration at the funeral.
The sinking of PNS Ghazi was a turning point in the 1971 war.
On November 14, 1971, Pakistan’s fast attack submarine leased from the US sailed from Karachi harbour with a mission to destroy Indian aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Visakhapatnam, the Eastern Naval Command headquarters.
INS Rajput, an ageing World-War-II destroyer with then Lieutenant Inder Singh as captain, was given a suicide mission — of being a decoy ship to fool PNS Ghazi.
The ship commanded by Lt Singh, the man from Rohtak district’s Aewali village, sank PNS Ghazi before it could reach Chittagong in East Pakistan (which became Bangladesh after the war).
In 2017, the late Commander recalled that day in a chat with TOI, saying: “It was November 30, 1971, when C-in-C (commander-in-chief) Vice Admiral Nilakanta Krishnan called me to his Visakhapatnam office to send me on this suicide mission. I told my senior officer that I might not return, but INS Vikrant will remain safe.”
Commander Inder Singh won the Vir Chakra, third highest gallantry award, for showing courage and exemplary fighting spirit during wartime.

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