INS Venduruthy

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INS Venduruthy
Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala
Type Naval station
Site information
Controlled by Indian Navy
Site history
Built 2005 (2005)
In use 2005-present
Garrison information
Occupants Southern Naval Command

INS Venduruthy is an Indian Navy base located on Willingdon Island near Kochi, Kerala.[1] It serves as the Headquarters of the Southern Naval Command. It is the largest training establishment of the Indian Navy. INS Garuda is a naval air station located adjacent to INS Venduruthy.


Willingdon Island was reclaimed from Kochi Lake to aid the construction of the Port of Kochi in 1936. A small naval unit was set up at the location just two days prior to the outbreak of World War II. During the war, the rudimentary air strip near the port was transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1941. On 22 June 1943, the facilities were transferred to the Royal Navy. With the ongoing war, the base quickly expanded to become the headquarters of the Royal Navy in southern India.

In 1946, after the end of the war, the base was deserted and transferred to the Royal Indian Navy which maintained a small establishment of about 20 officers and 130 enlisted men. The name of the establishment was changed from HMS Chinkara to HMIS Venduruthy after the name of the original Venduruthy island. On 26 January 1950, when India became a Republic, the name was changed to INS Venduruthy.[2]

Following the partition of India, the navy lost three major training establishments which were located in the Dominion of Pakistan. INS Venduruthy was chosen as the location to replace these.[3]


INS Venduruthy currently hosts the Seamanship School, which imparts training to executive officers and sailors of the Indian Navy and several friendly foreign naval forces. The establishment caters to the logistic needs of the services, civilian personnel and naval units based in Kochi as well as at Ezhimala, Wellington, Bangalore and the Lakshadweep Islands besides the naval NCC units.[4]

It also hosts the Diving School, Navigation & Direction (ND) School, Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) School, Signal School, Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies (CLABS) and NIETT.[1]


  1. ^ a b "INS Venduruthy". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ "INS Venduruthy celebrates anniversary". The Hindu. 24 June 2006. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  3. ^ "I.N.S. Venduruthy: Its Past and Present". Sainik Samachar, Ministry of Defence. 20 December 1953. Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  4. ^ [1] Defence India for 20 June 2005

Coordinates: 9°57′11.56″N 76°16′42.57″E / 9.9532111°N 76.2784917°E / 9.9532111; 76.2784917