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 Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 Sir Humphrey Thomas Walwyn[15] Vice-Admiral Humphrey T. Walwyn.jpg October 1934 November 1934 KCSI CB DSO
2 Arthur Edward Frederick Bedford[15][16] Rear-Admiral November 1934 20 November 1937 CB CSI
3 Sir Herbert Fitzherbert[17] Vice-Admiral 20 November 1937 22 March 1943 KCIE CB CMG
4 John Henry Godfrey[15] Admiral Vice Admiral Godfrey WWII IWM A 20777.jpg 22 March 1943 15 March 1946 CB
5 Sir Geoffrey John Audley Miles[17] Vice-Admiral 15 March 1946 15 August 1947 KCB KCSI

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(**Seconded from the Royal Navy)

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

No. Name Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 John Talbot Savignac Hall* Rear Admiral John Talbot Savignac Hall.jpg 15 August 1947 14 August 1948 CIE
2 Sir William Edward Parry* Vice Admiral 14 August 1948 25 January 1950 KCB

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

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


(*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.) (**Became the first Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy on 1 April 1955 when the position was re-designated.)

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