Vice Adm Manohar Pralhad Awati, Vr.C, Indian Navy

Vice Adm Manohar Pralhad Awati, Vr.C

Captain Awati was the commanding officer of an Indian naval unit of the Eastern Fleet during the operations against Pakistan in December 1971. Throughout the period, he was called upon to operate within enemy waters where there was constant danger to his ship from enemy mines and submarines.

Undeterred, he carried out constant probes into the enemy defended harbours in Bangladesh and inflicted heavy damage on the enemy. During the blockade, he attacked and captured three enemy ships carrying contraband goods. He also gained a submarine contact and pressed home an attack with great vigour which possibly resulted in destruction of and damage to the submarine.

Throughout, Captain Awati displayed gallantry, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.