Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry) Sushil Kumar, LS (GW), 230617-F
The sailor was part of MARCOS team deployed to J & K for ‘Op Rakshak’ from Nov 18 to Apr 19. He played a key role in ‘OP BABAGUND’ from 28 Feb - 03 Mar 19 which resulted in elimination of two terrorists. On 02 Mar 19, the MARCOS team was inducted as inner cordon post heavy casualties (06 fatal and 10 non-fatal) suffered by 22 RR, SOG Handwara and CRPF at the hand of terrorists hiding in a building compound. The team was positioned into tactical location to prevent the terrorists inside the compound from escaping or inflict more casualties as well as to boost up the shattered morale of the troops. The first terrorist was eliminated at 021530. Towards eliminating the second terrorist, an IED was used to bring down the compound. However, the IED did not have any substantial results view large size of the compound. The team leader tasked the sailor and his buddy to clear the closest house using Close Quarter Battle Room Intervention drills and position himself tactically as sniper for precision firing.
As the sailor and his buddy were clearing the house, one of the terrorists opened fire on that house. The sailor under heavy fire and with utter disregard to personal safety immediately rushed and occupied roof of the house. This vantage position allowed him a clear field of view even though he was exposed to enemy fire with no cover. The sailor maintained his calm and alert vigil and directed the IED team to place the second IED in target house. As the IED was being placed, the second terrorist rushed out of the house firing indiscriminately towards the sailor and his buddy. The sailor, delivered accurate fire at the escaping terrorist and neutralised the second terrorist. For displaying indomitable courage, conspicuous gallantry and undaunting bravery beyond the call of duty and neutralising terrorist in the face of enemy fire, Sushil Kumar, LS (GW) has been awarded Nao Sena Medal (Gallantry).