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Tuesday 20 July 2021

Meet Jagjeet Singh Grewal, who keeps the machinery going aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth

Jagjeet Singh Grewal is an Indian-origin crewmember on the UK’s Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which is currently sailing through the Indian Ocean Region. Grewal is Leading Engineering Technician in the Royal Navy and embodies the link that exists between the UK and India. As the Carrier Strike Group enters the Indian Ocean, it is prepared to meet the Indian Navy for a series of routine maritime exercises.


Serving aboard the fifth-generation aircraft carrier, Jagjeet works in the Marine Engineering Department and is responsible for maintaining aviation fuel to the highest standard. He also maintains fueling pumps on the flight deck so that the F-35B jets, Merlin helicopters and other aircrafts can operate to their optimum capacity. Currently settled in the UK, Grewal has a long family history in the Indian military.


He shares: “My grandfather and grandfather-in-law served alongside the British Army in the Second World War and received a Mention in Dispatches, Burma Star, Africa Star, War Medal and Defence Medal. My father served in the Indian Air force and currently my wife’s brother and uncle are serving in the Indian Navy. 


As the CSG sails in the Indian Ocean, engaging with its allies on its 26,000 nautical miles long maiden deployment, Grewal feels a special delight in training in waters near his ancestral home. The UK and India benefit from a unique living bridge of people, ideas, institutions, arts and culture. 


This includes an Indian diaspora of over 1.5 million people (2011 census) in the UK, contributing significantly to the UK’s prosperity via interests in business, politics, academia, medicine and the arts. 

1 comment:

  1. # absolutely thrilling, gripping and inspirational - if he had enlisted in the indian navy he would have been a leading seaman, the equivalent of a naik, corporal. that he chose to move from gurdaspur to goradaspur has made all the difference. albeit still a rating, now one level above able seaman, and of course far below a petty officer, let alone a warrant officer, he is now feted by anglo-india as responsible for maintaining aviation fuel to the highest standard. must be quite a difficult challenge. jagjeetbhai should inspire more punjabi lads to choose to enlist in the british defence forces. for one thing it will ensure a fast track british permanent residence visa and early citizenship papers. the terms are rather good too; to enlist in the indian navy, in a technical stream requires having completed plus two, with maths, science. the goradaspur navy has no such burdensome fact the website emphasizes - zero qualification requirements


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