Service No: 70090W
Date of Birth: Jul 03, 1937
Place of Birth: Muzzaffarnagar, UP
Last Rank : Lieutenant Commander
Unit : INS Khukri
Operation : Op Cactus Lily
Award : Vir Chakra
Date of Martyrdom : Dec 09, 1971
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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