Officers of the Indian armed forces have sacrificed their lives time and again in the line of duty.
In one such incident, a naval officer, Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan lost his life dousing a fire that broke out onboard INS Vikramaditya.
Spokesperson of the Indian Navy tweeted about the loss of the brave officer.
It is with profound grief & regret that we report the sad & untimely demise of Lieutenant Commander DS Chauhan, a young colleague and a brave brother-in-arms, onboard INS Vikramaditya. He laid down his life fighting a fire in a machinery compartment 1/3 pic.twitter.com/E2NUPJtSFK— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 26, 2019
According to a report by Hindustan Times, the officer bravely led the firefighting efforts and succeeded in controlling the fire, but lost consciousness due to smoke.
It was because of his timely intervention that the fire could be brought under control.
His daring effort prevented the fire spreading & causing major damage to the combat capability of the Carrier 2/3 pic.twitter.com/a7F9EwYRkD— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 26, 2019
As per reports, Lt. Cdr Chauhan from Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh, had got married just a month ago.
Talking to Hindustan Times, one of the navy officials said:
“Chauhan put himself in harm’s way fully knowing it could prove fatal for him. Officers and men like him make our navy what it is… always mission ready.”
We salute his courage and sense of duty and will make every effort to ensure that his supreme sacrifice does not go in vain. We shall be with his family forever and at all times – Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS, all ranks and families of #IndianNavy 3/3 pic.twitter.com/phCNrB98OW— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 26, 2019
Tributes poured in on Twitter as people praised the braveheart for his exemplary courage.
Salute to Lt. Commander DS Chauhan for your supreme sacrifice for country. Rest in peace. Ohm Shanti 🙏🙏— Jayant Thakur (@jayantthakur77) April 27, 2019
Salute to the brave-heart. May his soul Rest in Peace.— Raksha-Anirveda (@RakshaAnirveda) April 27, 2019
Salute you braveheart for your supreme sacrifice in the Line of Duty..may u RIP..— Archie(Col Vijay Acharya) (@archie65) April 27, 2019
May Almighty give strength to the family to bear this great loss..
We salute you officer!