Sunday 9 September 2018

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER LAL KHAN SATTI SHAHEED - MARTYR OF PNS GHAZI


Chief Petty Officer LAL KHAN SATTI was among the brave 93 men who gave up their lives while defending their country aboard PNS Ghazi. He hailed from Behl Chaka, Lehtrar, Rawalpindi. 

The PNS Ghazi or the “Holy Warrior” could travel up to 20 knots per hour, It had 12 sea mines stored and could store up to 14 torpedoes. Ghazi was the first submarine to be operated by a Navy in the South Asia becoming a serious threat to the Indian Navy.



The mysterious sinking of Ghazi took place on 4-5 December 1971 during its hunt to assault Vikrant and/or during the minelaying mission on the Visakhapatnam Port, Bay of Bengal. The true cause of the sinking is still unknown.

In 1972, Ghazi and her serving officers as well as crew members were honored with gallantry awards by the Government of Pakistan. At the Naval Dockyard in Karachi, a 'Ghazi Monument' was built to perpetuate the memory of the submarine and its 93 men.

In 1998, the Inter-Services Public Relations produced and released the telefilm, “Ghazi Shaheed”. Another movie, Untold Stories: Ghazi and Hangor were sponsored and released by the ISPR to commemorate Ghazi and her crew during their missions in 1971. In 2017, an Indian film was based on this submarine attack named “The Ghazi Attack”.




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