THE RESEARCHED STORY AS USI MEA AND BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION CELEBRATED 1ST WORLD WAR ANNIVERSARY WITH LACS BUT NO CELEBRATIONS FOR THE 1971 WAR IDF REMEMBERS THE 144 MEN IN WHITE WHO PERISHED IN A WATERY GRAVE IN 1971 ——RIP
IDF from Warring Nuclear Nations –India & Pakistan and The History of the Pakistan Navy.
At sea, especially in war, the Captain is a lonely ‘Old Man’ as he is called. The Captain does not eat with his officers in the wardroom or his men but in the Captain’s Cabin and yet his team must act unhesitatingly without orders, in the spirit and manner their superior desires. The Executive Officer runs the ship in co-operation with the Head of Departments—E/L and Logistics on instructions of his Captain as the 24×7 hard taskmaster. The senior most officer is the President of the Wardroom which has a, “No Treating Rule.” This makes naval officers great man managers for post retirement jobs.
On 8th Dec 1971 India’s Naval war at sea was going well for India, with the first five days of the war bringing in measures of triumph —the two successful missile attacks on Karachi, the sinking of the Ghazi and the exploits of the INS Vikrant to hurt East Pakistan as reported in earlier posts. All this created a sense of over confidence in this small sea-going arm. The first major blow to the Indian Navy came on the fateful night of 9th December. It rocked the Navy when the reality of war hit the sea-going community at large. INS Kirpan was attacked by a torpedo which did not explode because its firing mechanism or proximity fuse did not activate or depth setting was wrong as late Capt DS Paintal Long TAS and this writer’s counterpart in the sister US Shipping Company WSC in Karachi th Vice Adm Ahmed Tasneem Ex VCNS PN who resembled Vadm Russi Ghandhi discussed on a visit to his father’s village in the 1990s in Delhi. INS Kirpan increased speed, dropped Depth Charges and left the scene soon after. Continue reading