The year was 1969. A group of young officers and sailors was hand-picked by the Indian Navy to form the 5 Missile Boat Squadron. They landed in a place renowned for being one of the coldest on earth iberia, Soviet Union. In freezing conditions they received extensive training on the missile boat and its equipment, including its powerful missile ll of it in Russian. They returned to India as thorough professionals in missile warfare and with the conviction that if another war was to be thrust on India, they would be ready to sail right up to Karachi.
This book is a gripping account of their assembly in India, escapades in Russia, further workup on return to Bombay (Mumbai) and finally their participation in two operations in the Arabian Sea during the 1971 war hich brought immense recognition and pride to the Indian Navy.
About the Author :
Commodore (Retd) Vijay Jerath, IN VrC, has been a part of the Indian Navy since December 1958. In command of the missile boat INS Vinash, he took his ship to Karachi during the 1971 war and caused considerable damage. He was awarded the Vir Chakra gallantry award for his actions.
He also commanded a missile Division in 1976 and INS Taragiri during 1982-83, which was the first Frigate sized ship to carry a Seaking sized Helicopter.
Amongst his notable shore appointments, he was Director, School of Maritime Warfare and Tactics from February 1978 to February 1981. He served as the Naval Attach, Moscow, from 1985 to 1988 and on returning to India was the Director of Naval Intelligence at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi till August 1990 when he retired from the Indian Navy.
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