RIP Vice-Admiral MP Awati: The Hero of 1971 Indo-Pak War

Vice Admiral (retired) M P Awati, who commanded a naval unit of the eastern fleet in the 1971 Indian-Pakistan war and whose actions led to the destruction of an enemy submarine, passed away on 4th November 2018 in Satara, Maharashtra. He was 91. As per his wishes, Awati’s last rites were performed at his native village Vinchurni. 

MP Awati was born on September 7, 1927, he did his schooling in King George’s School, Mumbai and The Maharashtra Education Society School, Pune. Awati was selected for the Royal Indian Navy in 1945. He was specialist in signal communication, and he had served on Indian naval ships such as Ranjit, Vendurthy, Betwa, Tir and Mysore. In March, 1950, Admiral Awati returned to India for active service in the Indian Navy.

He was the commanding officer of INS Kamorta during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, and successfully faced enemy operations for almost a fortnight. He was awarded the Vir Chakra for his leadership and gallantry.

Vice Admiral Awati was instrumental in the envisaging and initiating projects of circumnavigation, right from the first solo adventure of Commander Dilip Donde back in 2010 to the latest all-women crew on INSV Tarini, which completed its mission early this year.

1971 Indo-Pak War

Awati was the commanding officer of an Indian naval unit of the Eastern Fleet during the operations against Pakistan in December 1971. Throughout the period, he was called upon to operate within enemy waters where there was constant danger to his ship from enemy mines and submarines. Undeterred, he carried out continuous probes into the enemy defended harbours in Bangladesh and inflicted heavy damage on the enemy.

During the blockade, Awati attacked and captured three enemy ships carrying contraband goods. He also gained a submarine contact and pressed home an attack with great vigour, which possibly resulted in destruction of and damage to the submarine. Throughout, Captain Awati displayed gallantry, leadership and devotion to duty of a high order.



A giant of a man, one of our tallest heroes and greatest icons. It’s truly the end of an era. May his soul RIP

-Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff


The revolver, which had been kept as a souvenir and displayed in the museum of INS Vikrant till 2015, is now in the museum of the NDA, a premier tri-services military training institution.

Sir, May Your Soul Rest in Power....


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