Commodore Babru Bhan Yadav, MVC (14 September 1928 – 22 January 2010), also known as B.B. Yadav, was a former Indian Navy Officer. He led the 25th Missile Boat Squadron during Operation Trident in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[2]


Babru Bhan Yadav

Born(1928-09-14)14 September 1928
Bharawas, Rewari district, Haryana
Died22 January 2010(2010-01-22) (aged 81)
Delhi, India
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Years of service1951–1982
Rank Commodore
Service number00101-B[1]
Unit25th Missile Boat Squadron
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Operation Trident (1971)
Awards Maha Vir Chakra

Early life and education edit

He was born in the village Bharawas in the Rewari district of Haryana to Major Bhagwan Singh Yadav. His father is known for taking part in both world wars. Yadav studied from Banares Hindu University and completed his graduation from St. Stephen's College in Delhi in 1947.

Military career edit

Yadav joined Indian Navy on 1 January 1951 at the age of 23. He received his training from United Kingdom.[3] He also went to Russia for training. He was the first Naval officer to be awarded the Maha Vir Chakra award for gallantry in the 1971 war.[4]

He received the Maha Vir Chakra for his exceptional leadership and military skills which led to the destruction of Pakistan's most powerful naval regiment at the Karachi Naval base in the 1971 war.[5] The Karachi Strike Group formed for Operation Trident and Operation Python was under his command.[6] The strike group is also known as the Killer Squadron as India gained Naval supremacy over Pakistan in 1971 war. In memory of both the operations Indian Navy celebrates Navy Day on 4 December every year.

Later life edit

Yadav served as the state Director of National Cadet Corps in Chandigarh for Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. He retired from the navy in 1982. He later worked in the Merchant Navy.[7] He died in Delhi, aged 81.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ "BB YADAV - Gallantry Awards". Gallantryawards.gov.in. Archived from the original on 4 January 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Opinion: How the fall of Karachi port was brought by India's 'Killer Squadron' in 1971". 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Commodore BB Yadav". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ "The Veer Ahir who set Karachi ablaze". Hindustantimes.com. 23 June 2013.
  5. ^ "10 Daredevil Heroes of the Indian Navy You Should Know About". 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ "40 Years Since Operation Trident - SP's Naval Forces". Spsnavalforces.com.
  7. ^ a b "India Strategic : Indian Navy: Indian Navy's War Hero passes away". Indiastrategic.in.