He was commanding frigates looking for a Pakistani submarine in the 1971 Indo-Pak War.
The former Air Chief passed away in Hyderabad on Monday, aged 94.
A Dakota had been used to ferry troops to Srinagar in the 1947 Indo-Pak War.
The exercise simulates a war-time scenario with both China and Pakistan.
He spent over one-and-a-half years training for the historic mission.
India has held on to its position in the top five and is ahead of China on a few parameters.
Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala of the Indian Air Force was honoured with the Ashok Chakra.
A total of 2,068 Shaurya Chakra medals have been awarded till 2017.
The Kirti Chakra follows the Ashok Chakra when it comes to peacetime military honours.
India’s highest peacetime military honour, the Ashoka Chakra was first awarded in 1952.