Service No: 70090W

Date of Birth: Jul 03, 1937

Place of Birth: Muzzaffarnagar, UP

Service: Navy

Last Rank : Lieutenant Commander

UNIT: (INS Khukri) Surface Ships

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Award : Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 09, 1971

Lt Cdr Prabhat Kumar

Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar was born on 03 July 1971 in Muzzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh in the family of  Shri SS Sharma. He completed his graduation from SSD Inter College Meerut and Meerut college Meerut. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy as a Electrical Officer on 01 Jan 1959.

 

Ins Khukri – 1971

 

Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar was electrical officer of the INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea after a Pakistani submarine attack. On 9 December 1971, whilst carrying out an antisubmarine hunt , INS Khukri was hit by a torpedo. Realising the danger to his men, Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar went below to get his men to safety. By that time his ship was hit by another torpedo. Despite the fact that the chances of his survival were getting less every second, he continued to help his men to safety and in so doing made the supreme sacrifice.

 

Throughout Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar displayed raw courage and devotion to duty of a high order. He was awarded VrC posthumously for his bravery.

The Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-

 

Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar was the electrical officer of the INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea after a Pakistani submarine attack. On 9 December 1971, whilst carrying out an antisubmarine hunt, INS Khukri was hit by a torpedo. Realising the danger to his men, Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar went below to get his men to safety. In the meantime, the ship was hit by another torpedo. Despite the fact that the chances of his survival were getting less every second, he continued to help his men to safety and in so doing made the supreme sacrifice.

 

Throughout Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.

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3 Tributes
  • Sameer Kumar - Central Delhi,Delhi

    2018 at 9:56 pm Reply

    My father

  • Rajan Sharma

    2019 at 5:53 am Reply

    I pay homage to my first cusion, Lt. Commander, P. Kumar.

    I just saw this article on the web.

    please call me.

    this is your uncle who has been living in Canada for last 38 years .

    Rajan Sharma.

    • Sameer Kumar

      2019 at 11:12 pm

      Please let me know your contact details , I shall certainly call

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