Indian army and navy officers report for duty every day bearing in mind that there is always a chance for them to never return or go missing. Same is the case with Indian Navy’s Commander Nishant Singh, pilot of a MiG-29K fighter trainer jet, who recently went missing after an accident over the Arabian Sea, reports The New Indian Express. An extensive search operation is currently ongoing.
Amidst such chaos, Commander Nishant Singh’s witty wedding leave permission letter to his senior Commanding Officer has gone viral. The letter was written on May 9, 2020, and was titled “Permission to bite the bullet”, reports India Today.
“I intend to drop a nuclear one (bomb) on myself and I realise that just like all the split-second decisions we take up in the air in the heat of combat, I cannot afford to allow myself the luxury of time to re-evaluate my decision,” the letter began.
Moving on, the navy pilot wrote, “On successful completion of three years of extensive SCTT (Survivability and Compatibility Testing Trials), Miss Nayaab Randhawa and I have come to a mutual agreement that we might actually be able to get through the rest of our lives together, without killing each other.”
The letter ended with him inviting the Commanding Officer, seeking his blessings.
“I also hope you will be willing to please personally witness the massacre and pay condolences to the couple.”
Signing off, he wrote, “Used to yours but now, Her’s faithfully.”
Read the full letter here:
The news of the pilot going missing was posted on Twitter by the official spokesperson of the Indian Navy.
MiG-29K trainer aircraft operating at sea ditched at about 1700 hrs on 26 Nov 20.
One pilot safely recovered, search for the second pilot Cdr Nishant Singh, by air & surface units is in progress.
An enquiry to investigate the incident has been ordered. @SpokespersonMoD
— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) November 27, 2020
People online are praying for a miracle and the safe return of the pilot. Here’s what they said:
Cdr Nishant Singh. He is the one whose application for leave (for his wedding) went viral few months ago. 😢 pic.twitter.com/DFP7s4tea2
— Sakul Garg (@gargsakul31) November 27, 2020
Praying for a miracle. We knew him as a young boy in Vizag when he studied with my children. I cannot imagine what his family is going through. Keeping everyone in prayer.
— Asha Alexander UN Accredited #ClimateChange Leader (@ashex16) November 28, 2020
Prayers for his safety and courage to family to cope with the feeling 😣😣😣
— Minnyy Shreya (@minnyyshreya) November 27, 2020
Fingers crossed for the safe recovery of the second pilot commander Nishant. https://t.co/88bwrFUDKR
— Tracer Bullet (@_Tracer_Bullet_) November 27, 2020
The young navy pilot missing for the last 20 hours after yesterday’s MiG-29K crash is Lt Cdr Nishant Singh. Search operations still on. Prayers with the family, search crews & squadron. Will be leading my 5pm show today on the search for Nishant. @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/rRqfe3Xriq
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) November 27, 2020
Right at this moment when you are reading this, far away somewhere in the Arabian Sea, The Indian Navy is doing its best to SEARCH & RESCUE the 2nd pilot of the crashed MIG 29K, Cdr Nishant Singh. Pray to Gods and the Gurus for the Safe return of Cdr at the earliest moment! pic.twitter.com/0D04XTVMqz
— प्रkhar (@har_har_prakhar) November 28, 2020
Indian Navy MIG29K pilot Lt Cdr Nishant Singh continues to remain missing. Got married only a few months ago. His letter to his CO to seek permission for the marriage went viral too. Praying that he is hanging in somewhere & will be found soon.https://t.co/LCmjyG117H pic.twitter.com/Pp9b4sOUNi
— Wanderer (@w_a_n_d_e_rer) November 28, 2020
We hope and pray that Commander Nishant Singh is found. We wish his family strength during such tough times.
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