Service No : 58052
Date of Birth : 1947
Place of birth : Bathinda Dist(Pun)
Last Rank : LWTR
Unit : INS Khukri
Arm/Regt : Indian Navy
Operation : Indo-Pak War 1971
Martyrdom : December 9, 1971
LWTR Karam Singh hailed from Naruana village in the Bathinda district of Punjab and was born in the year 1947. Son of Shri Jagger Singh and Smt Chand Kaur, he had three brothers (Ajmer Singh, Mahinder Singh, Avtar Singh) and three sisters (Ajmer Kaur, Amarjit Kaur, Malkit Kaur) as his siblings. After completing his schooling at Khalsa school Bathinda, he joined the Indian Navy soon after in 1966 at the age of 18 years. After serving for nearly three years, he got married to Ms Sukhdev Kaur from Ludana Pilibanga village in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan and the couple was blessed with a son Jaswinder Singh.
Indo-Pak War Naval Operations: INS Khukri – 09 Dec 1971
During Dec 1971 LWTR Karam Singh was serving 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’. Within a short span of time, the ship was hit by another torpedo. As the damage to the ship was extensive, a large number of officers and sailors did not get adequate time to follow the orders of their captain. Eventually, the ship went down along with 18 officers and 176 sailors. LWTR Karam Singh was one of the brave hearts who laid down his life at the age of 24 years in the line of his duty. LWTR Karam Singh was a valiant soldier and committed sailor, who made the supreme sacrifice following the highest traditions of the Indian Navy.
LWTR Karam Singh is survived by his wife Smt Sukhdev Kaur, son Shri Jaswinder Singh and nephews Shri Jagjit Singh & Shri Hardeep Singh.