Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) Lt Cdr Ravindra Singh Chaudhary (07270-Y)
The officer was Officer-in-Charge of the team deployed in J&K for ‘Op Rakshak’ from Nov 18 to Apr 19. Under his leadership, the team successfully eliminated seven hardcore terrorists without own team casualty. On 21 Feb 19, he was team leader of the MARCOS team which undertook ‘Operation Warpura’ which resulted in neutralisation of three hardcore terrorists. The team was placed as inner cordon and the officer along with his buddy Beerbal Singh, SEA I CDIII, 241602-Y occupied tactical position dominating the target house. He maintained alert vigil through the night constantly adjusting the cordon to ensure no gaps were present. On 22 Feb 19, from 0230 to 1000, the terrorists made multiple attempts to escape by resorting to heavy fire on own troops, but accurate firing by MARCOS team ensured that attempts were unsuccessful and resulted in elimination of first terrorist. At 221030, heavy fire was resorted by terrorists, which enabled the Officer to determine their precise location.
At 221130, , the officer relocated himself to get a clear line of fire despite coming under very heavy fire from the terrrorists. This exceptional act of gallantry was exhibted by the Officer despite very heavy risk to his own life. Later, the officer eliminated the second terrrorist with precision fire. The firefight continued and the Officer ensured multidirectional aimed fire at the hiding location of third terrorist to keep him contained thereby displaying presence of mind and nerves of steel under fire. At about 221600, the third terrroist was also eliminated. Leading his team from the front and executing the bold operation with absolute disregard to own life, Lt Cdr Ravindra Singh Chaudhary (07270-Y) displayed raw courage under intense enemy fire with scant disregard to personal safety in face of grave danger, Lt Cdr Ravindra Singh Chaudhary has been awarded Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry).