Service No: 131980 – F

Birth place: Nagaur, Rajasthan

Service: Navy

Last Rank: CHME

Unit: INS Viraat

Awards: Shaurya Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Mar 06, 2016

CHME Ashu Singh SC

CHME Ashu Singh Rajawat belonged to Chitava of Nagaur District in Rajasthan. During 2016, he was serving with INS Viraat, the Centaur class Aircraft carrier of Indian Navy  as Chief Mechanical Engineer . INS Viraat was the flagship of the Navy before INS Vikarmaditya was commissioned in 2013.

 

INS Viraat Incident : 06 March 2016

 

On 06 March 16 at about 1600 hrs, in the ‘B’ Boiler Room of INS Viraat, the nation’s prestigious Aircraft carrier, the material providing heat insulation to water pipes started smouldering. CHME Ashu Singh showed exemplary courage and presence of mind in safeguarding machinery by taking correct procedural steps. He took lead role in successfully fighting the fire relentlessly for 35 min with all other watch keepers and Standing Sea Fire Party (SSFP) personnel.

 

CHME Ashu Singh’s actions in the extreme harsh conditions with intense heat and heavy smoke without thinking about his own safety were exemplary and averted a major disaster. He also safeguarded the life of other fire fighters by guiding them to evacuate boiler room in time. In the process, CHME Ashu Singh, undeterred and unmindful of his own life, displayed conspicuous gallantry, exemplary leadership, selfless service and presented an example of “Service before Self” in the true traditions of the Indian Navy. CHME Ashu Singh, disregarding the pain & suffocation sacrificed his own life while ensuring the safety of fellow shipmates and the biggest and most expensive asset of the Navy INS Viraat.

 

For this feat of courage CHME Ashu Singh, was awarded Shaurya Chakra. 

 

The citation for the award Shaurya Chakra reads him to:

 

On 06 Mar 16, at about 1600 hrs, an incident of deck head lagging fire accompanied with heavy smouldering occurred in the ‘B’ Boiler Room of INS Viraat. CHME Ashu Singh showed exemplary courage and presence of mind in safeguarding machinery by taking correct procedural step in crash stopping B1 boiler which was last in use and securing other machinery in the vicinity. He took lead role in successfully fighting the fire relentlessly for 35 min with all other watch keepers and Standing Sea Fire Party (SSFP) in the extreme harsh conditions with intense heat and heavy smoke without thinking about his own safety thereby averting a major disaster. He also safeguarded the life of other fire fighters by guiding them to evacuate boiler room in time. In the process the sailor, undeterred and unmindful of his own life, safeguarded the life of men and propulsion machinery of the aircraft carrier, displaying conspicuous gallantry, exemplary leadership and presented an example of “Service before Self”. The sailor displayed dauntless courage, most conspicuous gallantry, selfless service, outstanding professionalism and exemplary leadership disregarding the pain and suffocation and had sacrificed his own life while ensuring safety of fellow ship mates and the aircraft carrier. This feat of courage by the sailor, in saving both, personnel and the equipment at the cost of his own life is an act worthy of recognition and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Service.

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2 Tributes
  • Chander Parkash - Central Delhi,Delhi

    2019 at 9:43 am Reply

    Hare Krishna

  • Alexander Augustine - Ernakulam,Kerala

    2019 at 2:06 pm Reply

    May good God give courage to his family
    Members to face his tragic end

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