Joginder Krishan Suri: A Martyr of INS Khukhri 1971

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Editor's note: This is an effort to remember the crew members of the INS Khukri. On 9 December 1971, the INS Khukri sank after it was torpedoed by a Pakistani submarine. The names of the 176 sailors and 18 officers who died are recorded below\; there were 67 survivors.

We invite their family members, friends, colleagues and others who knew them to send us their recollections about the martyrs. There will be a separate page for each person of the 194 INS Khukri martyrs. Please send all materials to This is an ongoing effort, and information will be added as it becomes available to us.

This page is for Joginder Krishan Suri.


From The War Decorated India Trust

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Birth: 01 Jul 1925
Died: 09 Dec 1971

Citation for award of Vir Chakra

Lieutenant Commander Joginder Krishan Suri was second in Command of INS Khukri, which sank in the Arabian Sea after a Pakistani submarine attack. On 9 December, 1971, when his ship was hit by enemy torpedoes, Lieutenant Commander Suri realizing the danger to his men, rushed and cut all the life saving floats and rafts and threw them in the sea. Despite the fact that the chances of his survival were getting less every second, he continued to guide his men to safety and managed to save a large number of them. in so doing he made the supreme sacrifice.

Throughout, Lieutenant Commander Suri displayed courage and devotion to duty of a high order.


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