Southern Naval Command

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Southern Naval Command
Country  India
Headquarters Kochi, Kerala
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral AR Karve
Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Ravindra Jayanti Nadkarni, VSM[1]

The Southern Naval Command (Malayalam: ദക്ഷിണ നാവികസേന ആസ്ഥാനം, 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-in-C is Vice Admiral Girish Luthra.[2]

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.[3]

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.


The Southern Naval Command is organized as follows:[4]

Post Current Holder References
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral AR Karve, AVSM
Chief Of Staff Rear Admiral Ravindra Jayanti Nadkarni, VSM
Commandant, Indian Naval Academy Vice Admiral SV Bhokare [5]
Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Rear Admiral S K Grewal [6]
Admiral Superintendent Yards (ASY) - Kochi Rear Admiral K Ravikiran [7]
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Kerala Captain Varghese Mathew [8]
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Lakshadweep

Naval Bases[edit]

Naval bases under Southern Naval Command are the following[9]

Base City State/Territory Role
INS Dweeprakshak Kavaratti Lakshwadweep Logistics and Maintenance support
INS Minicoy[10] Minicoy Forward Operating Base
INS Androth (Under construction) Androth Forward Operating Base and Radar station
INS Garuda Kochi Kerala Naval Air Station
INHS Sanjivani Naval Hospital
INS Venduruthy Logistics and Administrative support
INS Dronacharya Naval Weapons Training
INS Chilka Chilka Orissa Naval Training
INHS Nivrani Naval Hospital
INS Mandovi Panaji Goa Naval Training
INS Hamla Mumbai Maharashtra Combined Operations Training
INS Shivaji Lonavala Technical Training
INHS Kasturi Naval Hospital
INS Valsura Jamnagar Gujarat Electric Equipment Training
INS Rajali Arakkonam Tamil Nadu Naval Air Base
INS Agrani Coimbatore Leadership Training
INS Zamorin Ezhimala Kerala Logistics and Maintenance support to Indian Naval Academy
INS Satavahana Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh Submarine Warfare Training


  1. ^ "New Chief of Staff for Southern Naval Command". Indian Navy. 14 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Vice Admiral Girish Luthra Takes Charge of Southern Naval Command". The New Indian Express. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Organisation of Southern Naval Command, Kochi". Indian Navy. 
  4. ^ "Organisation: Hierarchical Setup". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Rear Admiral B Dasgupta Assumes Command as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet". Defence Aviation Post. 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Rear Admiral SK Grewal Assumes Charge as Flag Officer Sea Training". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Navy to set up watermanship training centre in Kochi". The Hindu. 2014-01-11. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Preparedness of coastal security mechanism along Kerala reviewed". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Organisation of Southern Naval Command, Kochi". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2015-12-29. 
  10. ^ "Southern Naval command chief reviews security in Lakshadweep". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2016-03-13.