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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  • Vijetha S.

    2021at6:27 am Reply

    I read about him and prayed that he is fine when found.
    Prayers for his family.
    You are our real heroes!
    Jai Hind!

  • Ruchita Upadhyay

    2021at12:30 pm Reply

    Mere words cannot express the pride we feel to have such brave souls guarding our Nation but even more pride we feel is when we see how their families supported them to do so. You have our respects for it is the strength in you that has protected this strong Nation and its sovereignty. You are as much as a brave soul as he was.

    He lives on through his dedication and spirit for the Nation. We salute him and you for protecting us all.
    Jai Hind

  • Renjith VR

    2021at5:55 pm Reply

    Being in Navy for almost 20 + years, and being a part of this initiative, i am feeling my self rewarded to show my gratitude to the martyr. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat

  • Akshatha G

    2021at6:13 pm Reply

    “They never grow old, we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them nor do the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them.”
    I would like to express my gratitude to all the defence people who work day in and day out to protect our motherland and all of us. I may not remember commander Nishant Singh’s feat vividly but his exemplary courage is etched deep in my mind.
    We are grateful and proud of you everyday, we surely do not need a special occasion like a National Holiday to remember you. You are always cherished by million souls.
    Words definitely cannot suffice the loss, but it gives me deep comfort to have shared this message which is so close to my heart.
    I’m really honoured and proud to be born in a country where there are real life heroes like Commander Nishant Singh.
    Jai Hind!


    2021at6:22 pm Reply

    We all are indeed indebted forever for the sacrifice you have done for protection of our country. Rest in Peace our brave soldiers. Strength to their families to bear this pain of losing a loved one for the protection of our country.

  • Mahesh Mishra

    2021at6:40 pm Reply

    No words will compensate for the tragedy that Commander Nishant Singh’s family felt on his demise. It is with great honor and respect I want to convey to the martyr’s family, that we as the youth of this nation, won’t let this sacrifice go in vain. We shall strive to see to it that the dream Commander Nishant must have had for this country will be fulfilled through our efforts.

  • Divya Ramesh Menon

    2021at6:58 pm Reply

    Its been exactly 2 months since you have passed away
    Just wish that the unexpected crash hadn’t happened
    God has now taken you to a much safer place.
    Thank you for being our God and protecting us from the past all these years
    #RIP #RemberedForever

  • Brig Ravi Dahiya

    2021at3:58 pm Reply

    Nishant I just read your remembrance message you had written for Late Amit Rathi,SM…god bless your soul. We spoke about you so often at home. Anjela has still not reconciled with your ill-fated crash. May god give strength to your parents & Miyan. God bless you great soul. You have soared the skies like very few pilots do!

  • Brig Ravi Dahiya

    2021at3:59 pm Reply

    Nayyab and not Miyan

    • Naresh Behl

      2021at9:43 am

      Nation n all the countrymen are indeed indebted forever for the extreme sacrifice you have made for security n honour of this country.
      Your sacrifice will surely inspire many generations to rise above self interests n work for betterment of the country n it’s people.
      You lived with demeanour n faded out with honour.
      We r proud of you.

  • Shubham Singh

    2021at11:25 am Reply

    Prayers for his family.
    You are our real heroes!
    Jai Hind!

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