Western Naval Command

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Western Naval Command
INS Vikramaditya (R33) with a Sea Harrier.jpg
Country India
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra
Flag Officer Commanding in ChiefVice Admiral Girish Luthra[1]
FOC Western FleetRear Admiral M A Hampiholi, NM

The Western Naval Command is a formation of the Indian Navy.[2] It has its HQ in Mumbai, Maharashtra and is commanded by Vice Admiral Girish Luhtra .[3]

Area of responsibility[edit]

The Western Naval Command (WNC) is the sword arm of the Indian Navy and naval operations conducted on the western seaboard would be central to the outcome of any conflict at sea against Pakistan. The western fleet is the two-star level operational formation of the Western Naval Command. It utilizes Mumbai and Karwar as its home ports, with INS Kunjali its HQ in Mumbai. The fleet at the WNC is based under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area (FOMA) and provides naval defence in the sensitive north Arabian Sea adjacent to Pakistan. INS Kadamba, a large naval base, was constructed under Project Seabird and completed in 2005. This naval base, at Karwar in Karnataka, is used exclusively by the Indian Navy.[2]


The Flagship carrier of the western fleet is INS Vikramaditya. The WNC is equipped with submarine pens, a carrier dock and main maintenance dockyards. The Carrier Battle Group of the Western Fleet consists of INS Vikramaditya, Delhi class destroyers, Talwar class frigates, Brahmaputra class frigates, INS Kolkata Indian navy's brand new destroyer[4] and Sindhughosh class submarines. The Naval Aviation is provided by Sea Harrier strike aircraft and MiG-29K fighters along with airborne early warning Kamov Ka-31 Helicopters.

Full-fledged shipbuilding facilities on the western seaboard include the Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai, the Goa Shipyard Limited and the Cochin Shipyard Ltd in Kerala, which is India's largest repair dry dock.


The Western Naval Command is organized as follows:[5]

Post Current Holder References
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM
Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM [6]
Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF) Rear Admiral M A Hampiholi, NM [7]
Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat Area (FOMAG) Rear Admiral Sanjay Mahindru [8]
Flag Officer Goa Area (FOGA) Rear Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl [9]
Commodore Commanding Submarines (COMCOS) - West
Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) Rear Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl [9]
Flag Officer Offshore Defence Advisory Group (FODAG) Rear Admiral Deepak Bali [10]
Flag Officer Karnataka Naval Area (FOK) Rear Admiral KJ Kumar
Admiral Superintendent Dockyard (ASD) - Mumbai Rear Admiral Sandeep Naithani, VSM [11]
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Maharashtra
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Gujarat Read Admiral S Beecha [12]
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Karnataka
Naval Officer In-Charge (NOIC) - Goa

Naval bases[edit]

Naval bases under Western Naval Command are the following[13]

Base City State/Territory Role
INS Dwarka Okha Gujarat Logistics and Maintenance support
INS Sardar Patel[14] Porbandar Logistics Support
INS Kadamba Karwar Karnataka Logistics and Maintenance support
INS Vajrakosh Naval ammunition and missile depot
INHS Patanjali Naval Hospital
INS Gomantak Vasco da gama Goa Logistics and Maintenance support
INS Hansa Dabolim Naval Air Station
INHS Jeevanti Vasco-da-gama Naval Hospital
INS Angre Mumbai Maharashtra Logistics and Administrative support
INS Abhimanyu MARCOS base
INS Agnibahu Missile boat squadron base
INHS Asvini Naval Hospital
INS Kunjai Naval Air Station
INS Shikra Naval Air Station
INS Tanaji Naval ammunition depot
INS Trata Coastal Missile Defense
INS Tunir Naval missile depot
INS Vajrabahu Submarine base

List of Commanders[edit]

Name Rank Appointment Date Left Office References
Adhar Kumar Chatterji Admiral
Sourendra Nath Kohli Admiral 12 February 1971 28 February 1973
Jal Cursetji Admiral 1 March 1973 28 February 1976
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani Admiral March 1983 May 1984
Vijai Singh Shekhawat Admiral 1986
S Jain Vice Admiral [15]
K K Kohli Vice Admiral 12 September 1990 [15]
Madhvendra Singh Admiral 1 April 1998 31 March 2001 [16][17]
Vinod Pasricha Vice Admiral 1 April 2001 31 December 2002
Arun Prakash Admiral 1 January 2003 30 September 2003 [18][19]
Madanjit Singh Vice Admiral 1 October 2003 28 February 2006 [20][21]
Sangram Singh Byce Vice Admiral 1 March 2006 31 July 2007 [22][20]
Jagjit Singh Bedi Vice Admiral 1 August 20071 30 April 2009 [23][24]
Sanjeev Bhasin Vice Admiral 1 May 2009 30 April 2012 [25]
Devendra Kumar Joshi Admiral 1 May 2012 31 August 2012 [26]
Sekhar Sinha Vice Admiral 1 September 2012 31 May 2014 [27][27]
Anil Kumar Chopra Vice Admiral 1 June 2014 31 March 2015 [28]
Surinder Pal Singh Cheema Vice Admiral 1 April 2015 31 January 2016 [29][30]
Sunil Lanba Admiral 1 February 2016 31 May 2016 [31]
Girish Luthra Vice Admiral 1 June 2016 Incumbent [32][33]

See also[edit]


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