Bhubaneswar: Indian Navy’s 1971 Indo-Pak war veteran Vice Admiral SH Sarma died on Monday at the age of 100, his family said.
Vice Admiral Sarma was the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet during the 1971 war. India defeated Pakistan in the 1971 war which led to the creation of Bangladesh.
Vice Admiral Sarma also served as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC in C) of the Eastern Naval Command, officials said. He breathed his last at 6.20 pm at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.
His family said in a statement that his remains would be taken to his residence on Tuesday, where people can pay tribute to him. The last rites will be performed on January 5.
Vice Admiral Sarma celebrated his 100th birthday on 1 December last year. He also participated in the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations in Delhi recently.
However, a Navy spokesperson said that Sarma turned 99 that day.
“Deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of one of the illustrious sons of Odisha, Vice Admiral SH Sarma, PVSM. India has fought many battles. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family and friends.” Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted.
Condoling his death, Captain Sanjeev Verma, Station Headquarters, 120 Battalion, Bhubaneswar said in a message: “He was always a source of inspiration for us. He had an important role as FOC. Much of Bengal has remained untold.”
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