Indian Armed Forces history is brimming with stories of bold men who spared the day for the nation.
In any case, a lesser known hero was Vice Admiral Nilakanta Krishnan whose expert plan spared plane carrying warship INS Vikrant, the pride of Indian Navy from Gazi, the US made submarine of Pakistan Navy in 1971 War.
Krishnan, the then Chief of Eastern Naval Command utilized the maturing INS Rajput to give an impression to the Pakistanis that the Vikrant was berthed at Vizag harbor while in all actuality it was sheltered a thousand miles away in the Andaman.
With a goal to surprise Indian Forces even before the begin of the war, on November fourteenth 1971, Pakistan dispatched its most deadly weapon, the assault submarine Ghazi to Chittagong in East Pakistan. It’s goal – to obliterate INS Vikrant. On November 23, Ghazi had gone more than 2,200 nautical miles from Karachi to reach to watch range codenamed Zone Mike – Madras.
Indian insight got whiff of this and educated the Eastern Naval Command about Ghazi’s progression. The Vice-naval commander had been requested that utilization INS Vikrant to bar East Pakistan from getting any maritime help from Pakistan Navy. In any case, a break in the transporter’s heater had decreased its pace to a pitiful 16 ties and made it exceedingly defenseless against assault. Krishnan understood this shortcoming and thus made a technique to shield Vikrant from Ghazi.
Krishnan summoned Lt-Commander Inder Singh, Captain of the maturing INS Rajput which was being sent to Vizag to be decommissioned, and gave the boat and its Captain one final mission.
Krishnan trained Inder Singh to cruise 160 miles out of Vizag harbor and create substantial remote movement, which would give foe submarine a feeling that INS Vikrant, its prime goal, was in close region.
To confuse the Pakistan Navy, Krishnan requested enormous amount of proportion meat and vegetables which made Pakistanis trust that the armada was in harbor.
With Pakistanis prepared to dispatch a hostile against INS Vikrant, Ghazi took this snare. Krishnan in the interim had ordered INS Vikrant and her escorts to cruise into ‘X Ray’, a mystery palm fronded safe haven in Andaman Islands, almost 1,000 miles away.
On December 3 war broke out, yet the fate had different arrangements for Ghazi. As indicated by the Pakistani records, on midnight of December 3, an inward blast tore through the forward area of Ghazi where torpedoes and mines were put away. Ghazi sank and Pakistan’s immune warrior died without taking any dynamic part in the war.
Indian Navy however opposes this idea. As per Indian records, destroyer INS Rajput sunk the Ghazi utilizing profundity chargers.
The jumpers sent to search for the destruction discovered groups of six crew member. After three days on December 6, the INS Vikrant, an injured warrior dispatched a few airstrikes on front establishments of Pakistan strengths in East Pakistan and assumed an instrumental part in fixing triumph for India.
Vice Admiral had saved the day and guaranteed an Indian triumph. We salute Vice Admiral N Krishnan for his bravery and presence of mind.