Mahendra Nath Mulla
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|Captain Mahendra Nath Mulla|
15 May 1926|
Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Died||9 December 1971
Arabian Sea, near Diu, Gujarat, India
|Years of service||1948-1971|
|Battles/wars||Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|
|Awards||Maha Vir Chakra (posthumous)|
During the 1971 Indo-Pak War, Mulla was commanding a task force of two ships which formed part of the Western Fleet. The task force was assigned the task of hunting and destroying enemy submarines in the North Arabian Sea. At 20:50 hours on 9 December 1971, his vessel, INS Khukri, was hit by a torpedo fired by an enemy submarine, PNS Hangor, about 64 kilometres (40 mi) off Diu. Mulla issued orders for the ship to be abandoned because it was sinking.
He gave his own life-saving equipment to a sailor. Having directed many of his men as possible to leave the sinking ship, he went back to the bridge to see what further rescue operations could be performed. He was last seen going down with his ship.
The Capt. M. N. Mulla Auditorium, at Navy Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai, is named after him. A bust of Capt. Mulla (pictured on the right) stands in the foyer.