Jammu: 19 Aug 2019
Today, highest level of Civil-military cooperation saved 04 precious lives from clutches of flooded Tawi in Jammu. On receipt of request from Divisional commissioner Jammu, Air Commodore AS Pathania, Air Officer Commanding, Air Force station Jammu and his team exhibited highest standards of professionalism by quick launch of rescue mission and precise coordination making it successful and life saving for four civilians. The mission led by Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Mukul Khare, with Co-pilot Squadron Leader Prem Pratik and Garud Commandoes Corporal Pahaar Singh and LAC Kedar reaching site in 2 minutes, quick assessment of the situation. The overall ground coordination was done under Group Captain Sandeep Singh. The crew spotted all 04 civilians and understood utmost importance of the rescue. Landing at the site was out of the question and establishing a low hover was also unfeasible due to the presence of obstructions. The crew had the foresight to carry along some rescue equipment, even decided that the best means to rescue the personnel was to lower a Gaud Commando onto the site, hook the civilians onto a harness and then lift them up and drop at a safe place. A gaud Commando rappelled down onto the pier. The Garud then attached rappelling harnesses to both of them and then the helicopter lifted them up simultaneously. They were then dropped to a safe location near the Tawi Banks.
Highest level of civil-military cooperation, ground air coordination and cockpit resource management by all crew members made the mission a success. The mission and its execution was in line with the highest traditions of Indian Air Force and Helicopter Unit which once again lived up to their Motto “Count on Us”
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