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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  • Dhruv Kumar pandey

    2021at9:58 am Reply

    It’s always being an honour and feeling of proud in knowing these superheroes who had done exceptionally well for our country and countrymen.
    Always a big salute to the bravest.

  • Mohammed Anees

    2021at3:05 pm Reply

    You are our shaan and abhimaan. I respect the sacrifice you have made for us throughout your life. We love you! I feel the same not only when our country goes through the difficult time, but every time I see a uniform. You are our freedom fighters, our freedom – which you ensure. May god bless you and your family!

  • Manasa Mallela

    2021at3:27 pm Reply

    Dear Nishanth Singh,
    I want to say “THANK YOU” for your service to protect our country.
    “Thank you” is a very small word before your courage and sacrifice. You are the guardian of the nation and protect teh citizens at any cost.
    You have sacrificed your life to save the country and being away from family is not an easy thing but you have done it.
    I know you risked your life trying to protect our rights. You have joined the airforce out of love for your motherland and to protect it.
    Because of you we live a life of luxury and we are safe and happy with our family.
    We all proud of you.
    Thank You
    Jai Hind

  • Himanshu Bhardwaj

    2021at3:37 pm Reply

    Commander Nishant – My heartfelt gratitude for your service to the nation. You were an extremely bright and a brave man . Thank you for inspiring me and it was an honor for me to learn your story sir. You continue to live on in our hearts.

    Nayaab mam – Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. The nation will always be in your debt. Jai Hind.

  • Sandeep Yeligotla

    2021at3:39 pm Reply

    When the nation is about to drown,
    There are people standing firm to protect its crown.
    They thrive for the nation day and night,
    Against nature and enemies they stand to fight.

    Without any fear they sacrifice their life,
    Not even thinking about their children and wife.
    The pride of the nation is what they preserve,
    But still don’t get the respect that they deserve.

    Guarding border and sharing shoulder,
    With nothing to eat and dying beneath,
    Their eyes never show that they’ve cried,
    But protecting their people will always make them smile with pride.

    Every time a soldier dies,
    Motherland in grief always cries.

    How would it be for a father to see his son go up to the skies before him?
    How would it be for a mother who still remembers his last words while leaving home “I’ll come back soon, Ma”
    How would it be for a young wife with a 2 years old daughter to dare to imagine her future without him?
    How would be for a sister/brother to look at the home without him?

    But he comes home,
    With medals on his chest,
    Wrapped up in the national flag,
    Telling the nation not to cry,
    As he was a soldier born to die!

    He is your brother,
    Fighting for the same mother,
    Do you even bother or realize his sacrifices?
    It’s high time to acknowledge what they did which you are not able to do,
    Your freedom comes at the cost of their lives.
    Visit a soldier’s home, contribute something to their family, share love, bring smiles to the bereaved families.
    Though the word “Thank You” is not a sufficient one, it’s the least we can all do and say…

    Thank you so much for your service and bravery!!!


    2021at3:42 pm Reply

    They say that soldier is a true citizen and a true contributor of the country. I guess it true. They have always been a true inspiration to all the citizens .
    Being for a defense background myself I know how difficult it is to be at the border with your life on stake for the people of the country.
    All the thank and respect will be wordless and not enough for the contribution you have made for us and the country .
    I can surely promise you that you will always be in our memories and prayer and everytime we have a proud moment , your presence will not be missed .
    I am also thankful to your parents for being supportive and encouraging to the difficult decision you made.
    Proud of you
    You are truly the son the Mother India

  • Amit Gautam

    2021at3:58 pm Reply

    The words are not enough to express the feeling of pride that emerged through your extraordinary sacrifice. However, the story of your bravery will inspire all of us and our future generation. Jai Hind.

  • Neha Mittal

    2021at4:26 pm Reply

    It’s an honour to know you by reading your story above. Extremely sorry for your untimely demise and my heart goes out to your family.
    I’m sure that your absence is felt by everyone who knew you personally and it’s a great loss for all young pilots who could have learned so much from your experience.
    I salute you and your family and pray for them, I send my heartfelt thoughts, warm wishes and strength to your family in these difficult times!!
    Jai hind!

  • Tanya Sethi

    2021at7:39 pm Reply

    You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Your husband made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country. He is my hero. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Ezabel Gomes

    2021at12:20 am Reply

    His Life
    In our warm cozy beds we sleep,
    And somewhere in a village a mother silently weeps.
    Her soldier son is out there fighting a battle,
    While his wife soothes the baby with a bright new rattle.

    I wake up in the morning,
    And complain about my burnt toast.
    While the soldier goes hungry planning for his next post.

    As I make my way through the day,
    Cribbing and complaining about a wasteful life.
    Oblivion of the hardships that our soldiers strive.
    Every hour, every minute, every second;
    Is a chance for us to cherish what we have.
    Only a soldier knows the worth;
    It’s time we understand.

    The family is in pain,
    But his life has not gone in vain.
    A beautiful life he insured for me and you,
    Let’s salute our soldiers for a future bright and new.

    Jai Hind!

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