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Shaurya Chakra for Navy officer, posthumously

A Lieutenant Commander-rank officer of the Navy, who died while trying to save six fellow officers on board a submarine on August 30 last, is likely to be awarded the Shaurya Chakra for his act of valour.

Lt. Commander Firdaus Darabshah Mogal, who was posted as an executive officer of a submarine, tried to save the six sailors who got washed away while carrying out external repairs to the vessel.

Swept off submarine

The submarine had developed an external defect during its deployment and surfaced on the morning of August 30 for repairs. But in the heavy sea and strong waves, some sailors were swept off the submarine.

During the struggle to save his men, Lt. Commander Mogal ensured that each of them climbed up the vessel before him.

The officer sustained fatal head injuries in the process, officials said.

He was rescued by a naval chopper and was evacuated to Indian Naval Hospital Ship (INHS) Asvini, where he died. — PTI

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