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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  • Kareena sharma

    2021at6:09 pm Reply

    Commander Nishant singh

  • Archana Nair

    2021at5:36 pm Reply

    Being the daughter of a Naval Officer myself, I have seen the everyday struggles my father has faced in the forces. Thank you is a very small word for the sacrifice that you have made just to ensure that we are safe. You will forever be an inspiration for us.

  • Sukhendu Mukherjee

    2021at10:18 am Reply

    I am sincerely grateful for your service and sacrifice. I’m certain it comes with many sacrifices and I thank you and your family each and everyday. Words are not enough to express the gratitude I hold in my heart for our veterans. Words are not Sufficient to express my Gratitude.Thank you for your service. Jai hind

  • A VamshiKrishna

    2021at10:22 am Reply

    Thank you for you Patriotism and Sacrifice for Nation.

    Jai Hind

    A VamshiKrishna

  • Sreejith UN

    2021at10:34 am Reply

    I am sincerely grateful for your service and sacrifice.I thank you and your family.Words are not enough to express my gratitude..
    Jai Hind


    2021at10:46 am Reply

    We thank you for your bravery and strength to have given up your life leaving behind your beautiful family, in the fight to protect our nation..We are forever indebted to your sacrifice for protecting our life and our liberty.. A big thanks and salute to your family members for providing us with a warrior.


  • Diksha sharma

    2021at1:47 pm Reply

    Dear Commander Nishant Singh,
    You are never off duty!!! Still you are alive in our heart and fighting for nation.
    We will always be proud of nation’s brave brother, brave son and a caring family member.
    Jai hind.

  • Somya Pasari

    2021at9:24 pm Reply

    To be able to pay tribute to a warrior like Commander Nishant Singh is a great honour for me. I understand how devastating his death is for his family, but it is also a big loss for our country that a guy of his character and abilities is no longer with us. My thoughts are with his family, and I want to express my deepest sympathies to them. I’d like to reassure them that we, as a nation, are mourning the loss of a hero with them and that they are not alone in this fight. Salute to India!

  • Arnav Chawla

    2021at12:57 am Reply

    Beyond grateful for your supreme sacrifice, big salute! Jai Hind.

  • Sonali Mahtani

    2021at8:54 am Reply

    We the civilians will probably not be able to grasp the true level of sacrifice of our armed forces. We owe an unpayable debt to all our military, and their families for all that they live through just so that we can rest in peace. I hereby pay tribute to Commander Nishant Singh and thank him and his family for everything.

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