Southern Naval Command

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Southern Naval Command
Country  India
Headquarters Kochi, Kerala
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral AR Karve

The Southern Naval Command {Hindi:दक्षिणी नौसेना कमान} is one of the three main formations of the Indian Navy. It has its Headquarters in Kochi, Kerala at INS Venduruthy, and is commanded by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief. The Present FOC-inC is Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.[1]

The Southern Naval Command consists of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), a training squadron, training establishments and bases, and land forces and survey ships. It has a naval air station, and a ship repair yard.[2]

The Southern Naval Command is the Training Command of Indian Navy and is responsible for the training of all its personnel, both officers as well as sailors, from basic to advance stages. It has subsidiary units from Jamnagar in Gujarat to Lonavala in Maharashtra, Goa and in Orissa but the majority of training units are in Kochi.

Kavaratti Islands is the home to INS Dweeprakshak, the main naval base of the Southern Naval Command in the Lakshadweep islands.

Naval Bases[edit]

Naval bases under Southern Naval Command are the following[3]

Base City State/Territory Role
INS Dweeprakshak Kavaratti Lakshwadweep Logistics and Maintenance support
INS Minicoy[4] Minicoy Lakshwadweep Forward Operating Base
INS Androth (Under construction) Androth Lakshwadweep Forward Operating Base and Radar station
INS Garuda Kochi Kerala Naval Air Station
INHS Sanjivani Kochi Kerala Naval Hospital
INS Venduruthy Kochi Kerala Logistics and Administrative support
INS Dronacharya Kochi Kerala Naval Weapons Training
INS Chilka Chilka Orissa Naval Training
INHS Nivrani Chilka Orissa Naval Hospital
INS Mandovi Panaji Goa Naval Training
INS Hamla Mumbai Maharashtra Combined Operations Training
INS Shivaji Lonavala Maharashtra Technical Training
INHS Kasturi Lonavala Maharashtra Naval Hospital
INS Valsura Jamnagar Gujarat Electric Equipment Training
INS Rajali Arakkonam Tamil Nadu Naval Air Base
INS Agrani Coimbatore Tamil Nadu Leadership Training
INS Zamorin Ezhimala Kerala Logistics and Maintenance support to Indian Naval Academy
INS Satavahana Vishakapatnam Andhra Pradesh Submarine Warfare Training