Birth Place : Belgavi, Karnataka

Service: Navy

Last Rank: Commander

Unit: Eastern Naval Command

Date of Martyrdom: Nov 6, 2014

Cdr Shishir Kumar Yadavannavar SJRP

Commander Shishir Kumar Yadavannavar hailed from Belgaum district of Karnataka. Son of Shri Shivarudrappa Yadavannavar and Smt Ningavva, Cdr Shishir studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya in Belgavi and later completed his engineering from Gogte Institute of Technology in Belgavi. Cdr Shishir since his younger days wanted to follow into the footsteps of his father who served in the Army in Army Medical Corps. Eventually he joined the Navy after completing his graduation.


Torpedo Testing Operation : 06 Nov 2014


During the year 2014, Cdr Shishir was serving with the Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy at Visakhapatnam. An expert on Naval weapon systems, he was functioning as a weapon officer of the National Armament Inspection Office of Eastern Naval Command (ENC). He was attached to Naval Science & Technological Laboratory (NSTL) a lab under DRDO at Visakhapatnam which undertook research and development of naval weapons and related systems (underwater mines, torpedoes, fire control systems, weapon launchers, targets, decoys). During Oct -Nov 2014, Cdr Shishir was involved in user evaluation trials on Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV-72) along with NSTL.


On 06 Nov 2014, Cdr Shishir embarked on Torpedo Recovery Vessel (TRV-72) from INS Ranvir after user evaluation trials. However sometime later flooding was reported in the TRV-72 steering gear compartment. Cdr Shishir realizing the gravity of the situation immediately swung into action and launched efforts to contain flooding. As the efforts yielded no results and the situation became grave, Cdr Shishir launched evacuation operation to move maximum people to safety. Leading from the front Cdr Shishir, displayed courage and camaraderie of a very high order and saved the lives of many civilians and navy personnel. The vessel eventually could not be saved and sank about 35 nautical miles south of Vizag and 28 nautical miles from the closest point of the coast. Cdr Shishir and three Navy personnel went down along with the vessel and laid down their lives in the line of their duty. Cdr Shishir was a valiant soldier and gritty officer who made the supreme sacrifice, following the highest traditions of Indian Navy. Cdr Shishir Kumar Yadavannavar was given “Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak” by the Chief of Naval Staff for his outstanding bravery, leadership and supreme sacrifice.


Cdr Shishir Kumar Yadavannavar is survived by his father Shri Shivarudrappa Yadavannavar, mother Smt Ningavva, wife Smt Rohini Kumar and two sons, Sharad and Pratyush.

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  • Cdr HK Pillai, NM

    2017at2:19 pm Reply

    Shishir served with me on board INS KUTHAR. Both of us were very good friends based on our common liking to read Philosophy. He introdused me to Arthur Schopenhauer ” The world as Will”. A forthright and true officer. A trajic loss to the world.

  • Shaila Yadavannavar

    2018at2:16 pm Reply

    He told us many times about you sir.
    Shaila s Yadavannavar sister of shishir

    • Shalu Hora

      2021at4:20 pm

      Three days before, during my weekend training classes, I took session on CDR Shishir’s martydom! I did all the feasible research prior to the session. I am so intrigued to learn how he honoured his duty and simultaneously sad that we have lost someone who could do so good for prospective society. He was an avid reader and was a perfect quintessential of a good and kind human!

  • CH V S GIRI BABU Sub Divisional Officer-I Defence Estates Office, Visakhapatnam

    2020at5:01 pm Reply

    when i am on temporary duty in NAD Sunabeda in Nov 2013 , i met ltcdr Shishirkumar yadav in his quarter,which is adjacent to my guest house in Sunabeda. i stayed nearly 25 days there. I spent evening times with him. I travelled with him in his office jeep while he drives and i sat along side seat from sunabeda to Visakhapatnam, exchange a lot of information. He loves his car Renault Duster. later i have purchased the same company car. He is very Dynamic and young officer. we miss him.

  • Cdr Ratan Yadav

    2020at11:17 pm Reply

    A dynamic officer,who laid his life in defence of nation. I am privileged to live in a building which is named after him in his memory. Last year we all residents got together and celebrated his birthday ….this year today we again celebrated by undertaking complete blackout in the building and lighting it up with lamps and candles…We shall never forget our Hero, who gave his life for our better tmrw. A great salute to you sir…Team Shishir

    • Shaila S Yadavannavar

      2020at7:48 pm

      Yadav sir today on Karthik full moon 6 years completed. Only tears are left

  • R Samyak

    2021at1:14 pm Reply

    Please see Press Release here:, ‘Chief of Naval staff honours Naval Gallantry and non Gallantry Award winners at Naval Investiture Ceremony’ dated 20 Apr 2017.

    As per information that I received via RTI, Cdr Shishir Kumar Yadavannavar is the only recipient of the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak who served in the Indian Navy. I have shared the details in the contribute form.

    This information may be included in the memorial. I hope the family of Late Cdr Yadavannavar gains the strength to cope with the loss of such a young and brave soul, even years after his passing. Thank you very much.

    • Shaila Yadavannavar

      2023at9:22 pm

      Sir i am his sister please send me the details if u have 9611662585

  • Srilalitha

    2021at12:02 am Reply

    Such a talented officer life cut short by flooding.
    The commitment shown by him to save many lives and keeping others
    before himself is so selfless.

  • Srividhya S

    2021at6:17 pm Reply

    True hero of this nation and the universe..
    We Indians are proud of your courage and commitment,
    Jai HInd

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