Western Naval Command, Mumbai
The Western Naval Command has its Headquarters in Mumbai and is both commanded and administered by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
Functions and Role
The specific roles of the Western Naval Command are: -
(a) Dissuasion and deterrence from a position of strength.
(b) Protection of coastal assets and island territories.
(c) Safeguarding the Western Seaboard against low intensity maritime threats.
(d) Protection of Indian maritime trade in International Shipping lanes.
(e) Protection of offshore assets.
(f) Support to research in Marine Sciences in the IOR and Antarctica
(g) Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief.
The Command is organised as shown on the Flow Chart placed at Appendix. Under the C-in-C, there are both Staff and Operational authorities. The Staff Channel is headed by the Chief of Staff, who has under him the Chief Staff Officers, who head respective functional divisions. The various Operational authorities under the C-in-C include the following:-
(a) The Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. FOCWF commands all the major surface combatants allocated to the Western Fleet.
(b) The Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area. FOMAG is responsible for the coastal defence of all ports and coastal areas in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
(c) The Flag Officer Commanding, Goa Naval Area. The Fixed Wing Shore based Naval Air assets of this Command are under the Flag Officer Commanding, Goa Naval Area.
(d) The Flag Officer Defence Advisory Group. FODAG is the advisor to the Govt of India on all matters regarding security of our offshore installations.
(e) The Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area. FOK, with his headquarters at Karwar, is responsible for the coastal defence of all ports and coastal areas in Karnataka.
(f) The Commodore Commanding Submarines. The submarines of the Command are placed under the Commodore Commanding Submarines.
(g) The Commodore Commanding, 22 Missile Vessel Squadron. The Commodore Commanding, 22 Missile Vessel Squadron, also referred as Captain (K) or K22, is under the operational command of Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area.
The major operational support infrastructure of the Western Naval Command comprises of following:-
(a) Naval Dockyard (Mumbai). The Admiral Superintendent, Naval Dockyard, is responsible for refits and repairs of ships and submarines.
(b) Material Organisation (Mumbai). The Logistics, machinery and spares requirements of all ships and establishments of the Command are met by the Material Organisation.
(c) INHS Asvini. The Naval Hospital INHS Asvini provides state of the art medical facilities to all naval personnel – both serving and retired – as well as their families. Smaller hospitals are located at Goa and Karwar.
With about 32% of officers, 38% of sailors and over 57% civilians of the entire Indian Navy belonging to this Command, bolstered by it’s formidable assets, the Western Naval Command truly is the sword-arm of the Indian Navy and seeks to retain relevance right across the entire spectrum of conflict