Pune: Naval Gallantry Award Winner Inaugurates Hall Named After Him At NDA

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Khadakwasla, 15th March 2022: The National Defence Academy (NDA)
with its rich history of over 70 years is a premier joint services training institute of world repute. Most of the heritage buildings and infrastructure present at NDA have been named after the brave heroes (ex NDAs) who displayed exemplary courage and dedication to duty in the face of the enemy in various operations.

One such gallant hero is Rear Admiral Santosh Kumar Gupta, Maha Vir Chakra, Nao Sena Medal (Retd) who was the Commanding Officer of a Naval Air Squadron operating from INS Vikrant during the 1971 India Pakistan War.

Rear Admiral Gupta of the 10th Course passed out from NDA in 1956 and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1958. On 09 December 1971, then Lieutenant Commander Gupta posted onboard INS Vikrant, pressed home a strike of Seahawk aircraft against enemy targets in Khulna in face of a fierce barrage of anti-aircraft gunfire. His aircraft was hit and damaged by enemy fire. However, regardless of his personal safety and in the face of extreme danger, Lieutenant Commander Gupta continued to lead the attack with indomitable determination and skill and then led his divisions on board back to safety. For this conspicuous gallantry and exemplary leadership, Lieutenant Commander Gupta was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra.

It was a fitting tribute to this gallant officer in honour of whom a newly constructed Ante Room has been dedicated at NDA. The occasion was made memorable as Rear Admiral Gupta himself inaugurated it in the presence of Air Marshal Sanjeev Kapoor, Commandant, NDA, veterans and other officials of the academy today.

The function also had Sub Maj Sanjay Singh, Param Vir Chakra and other gallantry award winners in attendance. The magnificent structure will continue to inspire future generations of NDA Cadets with his gallant act and leadership qualities.