Service No: 70090W

Date of Birth: Jul 03, 1937

Place of Birth: Muzzaffarnagar, UP

Service: Navy

Last Rank : Lieutenant Commander

Unit : INS Khukri

Operation : Op Cactus Lily

Award : Vir Chakra

Date of Martyrdom : Dec 09, 1971

Lt Cdr Prabhat Kumar VrC

Lieutenant Commander Prabhat Kumar was born on 03 July 1937 in Muzzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. Son of Shri SS Sharma, Lt Cdr Prabhat Kumar studied from SSD Inter College Meerut and graduated from Meerut college. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy at the age of 21 years on 01 Jan 1959 and was trained as an Electrical officer. By the year 1971, he had been promoted to the rank of Lt Cdr and had gathered experience of operating from various ships of the Navy.


Indo-Pak War Naval Operations : INS Khukri – 09 Dec 1971


During Dec 1971 Lt Cdr Prabhat Kumar  was functioning as Electrical officer aboard INS Khukri. When the Indo-Pak War of 1971 broke out, the anti submarine frigates of the Navy, INS Khukri and INS Kirpan were given the responsibility of hunting and neutralizing enemy submarines in the North Arabian Sea. The Indian Naval radio detection equipment identified a submarine in the vicinity of Diu harbour on 03rd Dec 1971.  Following this, INS Khukri along with two other ships INS Kirpan and INS Kuthar were dispatched to take on the threat of the enemy submarine.


In the late evening of 9th December, INS Khukri was attacked by the Pakistani submarine PNS Hangoor which fired torpedoes at it, causing devastating damage. The Captain of the ship, Capt Mulla evaluated the situation within minutes and issued orders for its abandonment. There were two massive explosions inside the Khukri and the ship went dark. It lost all power and began to tilt steeply to its right (Starboard) as chaos followed the order of ‘abandon ship’. Realizing the danger to his men, Lt Cdr 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.


Lt Cdr Prabhat Kumar was a valiant soldier and gritty officer who led from the front and laid down his life in the line of his duty. He was given the gallantry award, “Vir Chakra” for his exceptional courage, leadership and supreme sacrifice.

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. Realizing 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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  • Sameer Kumar

    2018at9:56 pm Reply

    My father

    • Nupur Awasthi

      2020at3:33 pm

      Hello prashant!

      I am pratibha your dad’s only sibling’s daughter.we did meet as kids at your uday park home. Howz naniji nd chhotu/ praveer. Where are you based?. Mummy is in her 80s and will be soooo happy to see you

  • Rajan Sharma

    2019at5:53 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

      2019at11:12 pm

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

  • rajan sharma

    2020at10:51 am Reply

    647 221 7016 cell number

  • Himanshu Sharma

    2020at8:44 am Reply

    Hi sameer where are you i am Himanshu your Mama from lucknow india

  • Rajan Sharma

    2020at6:54 pm Reply

    please call me at 001 647 221 7016.

    Happy Independence Day

    August 2020
    Toronto, Canada

    rajan sharma

  • Nupur Awasthi

    2020at3:20 pm Reply

    Hi Sameer I am your first cousin Nupur. Many decades ago, you took me to watch Star Wars. My mom and your dad are/were siblings.
    Not a day goes by when she doesn’t think of her brother Prabhat. Incidentally he gave me my pet name Minnie.
    Do touch base.

  • Nupur Awasthi

    2020at3:29 pm Reply

    Prabhat kumar is my mama/ maternal uncle.

  • Parul sharma

    2020at6:45 pm Reply

    Hi.i am parul /tinni.i had once gone to ins Shivaji where mamaji was did his naval training.i had goose bumps and had nostalgic feeling thinking ke mamaji walked here once. prashant and Praveen I am your buaji ke beti and use to visit your delhi house with married to avm Sharma.

  • Dr. Arvind Kumar Ph.D.

    2020at6:54 pm Reply

    Hello Sameer
    This is Dr.Arvind Pathak, Rani Didi’s Brother (Son of Late Chakrapani Pathak, Rani Didi’s BaDe Mama)
    So great Prachi posted this info on our Balli’s WhatsApp,
    I met you in Delhi, before leaving for Germany 1981.
    You were very young as well Younger One.
    Please be connected
    I’m herein US, Atlanta, GA
    My cell: 6789082828


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