Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy

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Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy was the title of the commanding officer of the Royal Indian Navy from its formation in 1934 until India became a republic on 26 January 1950, when the prefix "Royal" was dropped. The position was held by a senior Royal Navy admiral until 1958, and was re-designated as "Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy" in 1955.

From 1876 to 1928, the Director of HM Indian Marine (Royal Indian Marine from 1892) was a Royal Navy captain; however, it was customary for the Director to be promoted to rear-admiral on the retired list following his retirement. In 1928, the position was officially raised to the flag rank of rear-admiral, and the designation changed to Flag Officer Commanding and Director, Royal Indian Marine. In 1934, the designation changed to Flag Officer Commanding, Royal Indian Navy, and the office was raised to the rank of vice-admiral in 1936.

Director of HM Indian Marine (1876-1892)[edit]

  • Captain H.W. Brent RN (1876-1883)
  • Captain John Hext RN (1883-1892)[1]

Director of the Royal Indian Marine (1892-1928)[edit]

  • Rear-Admiral Sir John Hext KCIE, RN (14 October 1842 - 8 May 1924) (1892 - 1898)
  • Captain Walter Somerville Goodridge CIE, RN (30 March 1849 - 2 April 1929)[2][3][4] (1898-1904)
  • Captain George Hayley Hewett CIE, RN (12 November 1855 - 1930) (1904-1909)[5][6]
  • Captain Walter Lumsden CIE, CVO, RN (16 April 1865 - 22 November 1947) (1909-1917)[7][8][9][10]
  • Captain Neville Frederick Jarvis Wilson CMG, CBE, RIM (1865-1947) (1917-1920)[11]
  • Rear-Admiral Henry Lancelot Mawbey CB, CVO, RN (16 June 1870- 4 June 1933) (1920-1922)[12][13]
  • Captain Sir Edward James Headlam CSI, CMG, DSO (1 May 1873-14 July 1943) (1922-1928)[14]

Flag Officer Commanding and Director, Royal Indian Marine (1928-1934)[edit]

  • Vice-Admiral Sir Humphrey T. Walwyn KCSI, CB, DSO, RN (1928-October 1934)

Flag Officer Commanding, Royal Indian Navy (1934-1947)[edit]

No. Name Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 Vice-Admiral Sir Humphrey Walwyn[15] October 1934 November 1934 KCSI CB DSO
2 Rear-Admiral Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford[15][16] November 1934 20 November 1937 CB CSI
3 Vice-Admiral Sir Herbert Fitzherbert[17] 20 November 1937 22 March 1943 KCIE CB CMG
4 Admiral John Henry Godfrey[15] 22 March 1943 15 March 1946 CB
5 Vice-Admiral Sir Geoffrey John Audley Miles[17] 15 March 1946 15 August 1947 KCB KCSI

Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Navy (1947-1950)[edit]

No. Name Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 Rear Admiral John Talbot Savignac Hall* August 15, 1947 August 14, 1948 CIE
2 Admiral Sir William Edward Parry* August 14, 1948 January 26, 1950 KCB
  • On 26 January 1950, the Royal Indian Navy became the Indian Navy when India became a republic. Parry then became the first Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy, and left office on 13 October 1951.

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy (1950-1955)[edit]

No. Name Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 Admiral Sir William Edward Parry* January 26, 1950 October 13, 1951 KCB
2 Admiral Sir Charles Pizey October 13, 1951 March 31, 1955** KBE, CB, DSO & Bar

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