Last Rank : Commander

Unit : INS Vikramaditya

Arm/Regt : INS Hansa

Martyrdom : November 26, 2020

Commander Nishant Singh

Commander Nishant Singh was born in a Naval familiy and grew up in various Indian Navy bases. Son of  a Naval veteran Cdr Yash Vir Singh, Cdr Nishant aspired to follow in the footsteps of his father since his younger days. He studied from Navy Children Schools at Goa and Vishakhapatnam, where the foundation of his future Naval career was laid. His dream came true when he got commissioned into the Executive branch of Indian Navy on 01 July 2008 at the age of 22 years.


Subsequently he joined Naval Aviation and got trained as a fighter pilot. He soon developed into an ace pilot and became a a qualified flying instructor adept on Kiran, Hawk and Mig-29K aircraft. He also had the distinction of earning the 'Wings of Gold' after advance strike training with the US Navy, in December 2011. By the year 2020, he had been promoted to the rank of Commander and had served in various Naval bases in over 12 yeas of service. Besides being one of its most accomplished aviators, Cdr Nishant was also a qualified mountaineer as well as a skilled yachtsman. In May 2020, while seeking permission from his Commanding Officer to get married to Ms Nayaab Randhawa, Cdr Nishant's humour-laden letter titled “Permission to bite the bullet” had caught the imagination of many in social media.  


MiG 29K Crash : 26 Nov 2020


During Nov 2020, Cdr Nishant was serving with at INS Hansa the Naval base at Goa. He was serving with the Indian Navy’s famed “Black Panther” squadron flying MiG-29K aircraft operating from the aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya. The Naval fighter pilots like Cdr Nishant manage the additional complexity of landing their machines on a moving aircraft carrier deck by snagging the “tailhook” to arresting high-tensile wires, after having approached the deck at exactly the right angle. All strategizing and coordination has to happen in a matter of seconds and demands a very high order of flying skills. Being an accomplished flying instructor, Cdr Nishant would often fly with young pilots in a trainer aircraft to give them experience on various air operations.


Cdr Nishant was flying one such mission on 26 Nov 2020 in a two seater MiG-29K along with a young pilot. The sortie was uneventful and smooth but developed technical snag on its return journey. The aircraft became uncontrollable and eventually crashed. The Indian Navy launched massive search operations, deploying nine warships, 14 aircraft and fast interceptor craft. The young pilot was rescued but Cdr Nishant could not be saved and his body was recovered 11 days after the mishap. Cdr Nishant Singh was a gallant soldier and committed Naval fighter pilot who laid down his life in the line of his duty. 


Cdr Nishant Singh is survived by his wife Smt Nayaab Randhawa. 

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  • Kushal Mehrotra

    2021at9:34 am Reply

    Greetings Sir/Ma’am,

    This letter might not replace the sacrifices your brave son has made for the country, but probably might help you realize that you are not the only one proud of them.
    I just want to Thank you with the utmost Gratitude. He is the perfect example for the youth of being selfless, devoted and courageous..
    I being a proud and a safe citizen, whole-heartedly would like to thank all the brave soldiers for being who they are and for choosing the country before everything.

  • Ananya Aggarwal

    2021at5:01 pm Reply

    Commander Nishant Singh’s story of courage is heartwarming and inspiring. Words can never do justice to the respect and pride we have not just for the officers but their families. It has been my honor to be able to read and get a glimpse of Commander Nishant Singh’s story. I wish his family and loved ones power and strength always. Thank you for choosing to keep us and the nation first. May everyone take inspiration from your acts of bravery.

  • Abhishek Agarwal

    2021at6:36 pm Reply

    Dear Commander Nishant Singh,

    Your Selfless Valor and courage paves the way and inspires crores of Indian youth to increase their horizons, to take risks and become the best of the best. Your parents must be proud of you when they hear your name associated with the mighty Indian Navy. Jai Hind

  • Jui Jayant Kulkarni

    2021at3:04 pm Reply

    Dear Family of Commander Nishant Singh,

    I wish to express gratitude from the bottom my heart to the late Mr. Nishant SIngh who has become an inspiration for the whole country. I am equally thankful to the parents for raising such a brave son and wish to share the grief with Smt. Nayaab Randhawa. India will always be indebted for your sacrifice.

    We salute you all.

    Bharat Mata Ki Jai!

  • Mamta Aditya

    2021at7:04 pm Reply

    A big salute to you our brave solder for willing to protect our country and its people and enrol in the armed forces. Thankful to you and hope and pray for strength for your family to overcome the grief.

  • Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari

    2021at9:28 am Reply

    Dear Sir,

    We are blessed and so proud of you . It’s the sheer will and power of people like you that keeps our country strong. We are thankful to the Indian Navy for producing such a strong officer. The forces stand tall and protect us while we sleep peacefully.

    Jai Hind

  • SS

    2021at11:05 pm Reply

    THANK YOU HERO ……may you have great life in your next birth and may you and your dear and near ones have a lovely reunion in next birth ……till then keep exploring the infinity of ocean. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID…..THANK YOU FOR SAFEGAURDING THE FRAGRANCE OF INDIA’S HOLY SOIL …..THANK YOU FOR WHAT NOT…………EVEN THE WORD HERO SOUNDS SHORT IN FRONT OF THE SACRIFICE YOU MADE ……….THANK YOU

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