Mukadavil Ommen Ommen : A Martyr of INS Khukhri 1971

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Editor's note: This is an effort to remember the crew members of the INS Khukri. On 9 December 1971, the INS Khukri sank after it was torpedoed by a Pakistani submarine. The names of the 176 sailors and 18 officers who died are recorded below\; there were 67 survivors.

We invite their family members, friends, colleagues and others who knew them to send us their recollections about the martyrs. There will be a separate page for each person of the 194 INS Khukri martyrs. Please send all materials to This is an ongoing effort, and information will be added as it becomes available to us.

This page is for Mukadavil Ommen Ommen.


From The War Decorated India Trust

Birth: 01 Jul 1925
Died: 09 Dec 1971

Citation for award of Vir Chakra

Commander Ommen Mukadavil Ommen was engineer officer of the INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea. On 9 December 1971, while carrying out an anti submarine hunt, the Khukri was hit by a torpedo. On realising the danger to his men, Commander Ommen went below to get his men to safety. In the meantime, the ship was hit by another torpedo. Despite the fact that the chances of his survival were getting lass every second, he continued to help his men to safety and in so doing made the supreme sacrifice.

Throughout, Commander Mukadavil Ommen displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.


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