Pakistani Army Pilots Receive Awards From French Military For Rescuing Marooned Mountaineer

Chief of General Staff (CGS) Pakistan Army Lt. Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza along with senior military officers and officers from the Army Aviation attended the ceremony.

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On Wednesday, four Pakistani Army pilots were given a prestigious French military award for their 2018 mission to rescue a French mountaineer. The mountaineer was stuck on the world’s ninth highest peak in Northern Pakistan, Nanga Parbat.

The France National Defence Bronze Medal was conferred on the pilots by Rear Admiral Didier Malterre, Commander of French Joint Force in the Indian Ocean. They were given the prizes at a ceremony held at the Army Museum in Rawalpindi.

Chief of General Staff (CGS) Pakistan Army Lt. Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza along with senior military officers and officers from the Army Aviation attended the ceremony.

Army Aviation pilots rescued the French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol. She was stuck on Nanga Parbat. The Pakistani pilots carried out this mission on the request of the French Embassy in January 2018.

The pilots had flown four Polish climbers, who had also taken part in an expedition at the base camp of K2. The Polish climbers were flown at the site in an Army Aviation helicopter to Nanga Parbat to rescue Elisabeth and her fellow Polish climber Tomasz Mackiewicz in the dramatic rescue mission. For this dare, they won praise from both Warsaw and Paris.

Medaille de la Defense Nationale or National Defence Medal was first created by French Minister for Defence Charles Hernu. It was established by decree on 21st April 1982. It rewards military personnel for their participation in operational activities. The medal has three levels, gold, silver, and bronze.

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