Rajat Kumar Sen: 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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This is an ongoing effort, and information will be added as it becomes available to us.

This page is for Rajat Kumar Sen.


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Lieutenant Commander Rajat Kumar Sen. Date.


Name: Rajat Kumar Sen
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutanant Commander
Service Nunber:  
Commissioned: not available
Recorded date of death: 09 December 1971

Citation for Vir Chakra

Lieutenant Commander Rajat Kumar Sen was the supply officer of the INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea after a Pakistani submarine attack. On 9 December whilst carrying out an anti-submarine hunt, Khukri was hit by a torpedo. On realising the danger to his men, Lieutenant Commander Sen 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 less every second, he continued to help his men to safety and in so doing made the supreme sacrifice.

Throughout, Lieutenant Commander Sen displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.


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