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
Overseas Deployment Ships from the Western Fleet were deployed overseas for 45 days in Sep/ Oct/ Nov to various countries in the Western Indian Ocean and Africa. These deployments gave an opportunity to showcase our reach and presence in the IOR, and also provided confidence to our diaspora in these countries.
FOCWF Interacting with Media on arrival from OSD
Smt Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister External Affairs Onboard Mumbai
High Commissioner of Mauritius Onboard Mumbai
Op Neer In Dec 2014, Generator supply power to distillation plants run by Male and Sewerage company (MWSC) was damaged due to fire. There was an urgent need to provide drinking water at Male. Maldives declared the water shortage as a 'National Crisis. Indian Naval ships Deepak and Sukanya were deployed to provide drinking water at Male.
INS Deepak at anchorage at Male
Op Rahat Yemen had been plunged into turmoil following the attack on the Houthi rebels. The political turmoil in Yemen led to country descending into civil war. Warring forces were engaged in widespread violence. Rebel Forces (Houthis) gained control of capital city Sanaa and intense fighting has been reported in vicinity of Aden and across the country. President Mr Abdrarabbul Mansour Hadi fled Yemen on 25 Mar 15 as rebel militia closed upon southern city Aden where he had taken refuge. To evacuate Indian nationals from Hodeidah and Aden, Indian Naval ships Mumbai, Tarkash and Sumitra were deployed.
Embarkation of evacuates onboard INS Mumbai
Hon`ble Minister VK Singh onboard INS Sumitra
Embarkation of evacuates onboard INS Sumitra
Embarkation of evacuates onboard INS Sumitra
Evacuation of Crew and Sinking of MV Coastal Pride The Western Naval Command received information on 23 Jun 15 that MV Coastal Pride had reported total loss of propulsion off Mumbai. The vessel was carrying cement and had 14 crew onboard. CGCH 822 ex-Daman and SC 588 ex-Shikra were launched for evacuation of the crew once the vessel began capsizing. CGCH evacuated 6 personnel from the ship to Umargam beach (distance 8nm) in two trips. The remaining 8 crew abandoned the vessel in lifejackets and 2 liferafts were deployed. MV Coastal Pride thereafter sank 7.5nm from nearest land in a depth of 20 metres. The CGCH thereafter rescued 2 personnel from the water after which SC 588 rescued the remaining 6 crew, including the Master.
Aircrew Diver being lowered for rescue
Coastal Security The Joint Operations Centre (JOC) is jointly manned 24x7 by Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Police and is responsible for co-ordination of costal security tasks.
Interception of Boat at Sea
FICs on Patrol
Search and Rescue Operations 20 crew members of MV Jindal Kamakshi were evacuated by Seaking helicopter between 0710h-0920h on 22 Jun 15 after the vessel began listing dangerously during heavy weather off Mumbai. The rescue operation was undertaken in extremely difficult condition by a Seaking 42 C helicopter.
Evacuation by Seaking of Crew Members of MV Jindal Kamakshi
Change of Command Ceremonial Parade Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command from Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, ADC on 31 Mar 15. A Command Ceremonial Parade was held at Shikra on the occasion.
Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC Received by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, PVSM, AVSM, ADC on 31 Mar 15 at INS Shikra
Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC Reviewing Ceremonial Parade on 31 Mar 15 at INS Shikra
Vice Admiral SPS Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM, ADC Introduced to Flag Officers
Commissioning of INS Sardar Patel Dwarka II was commissioned as INS Sardar Patel at Porbandar on 09 May 15. Smt Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, was the Chief Guest. A 50 men Ceremonial Guard, Band and 12 Platoons were paraded for the Commissioning Ceremony.
Commissioning of INS Sardar Patel by Smt Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat on 09 May 15 at Porbandar
Visit to Western Fleet Ships by Smt Anandiben Patel, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat on 09 May 15 at Porbandar
Naval Investiture Ceremony 2015 A Naval Investiture Ceremony for award of Nao Sena Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, Lt VK Jain Memorial Gold Medal, Capt Ravi Dhir Memorial Gold Medal and unit Citations was held onboard Viraat on 20 Apr 15. Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC, the Chief of the Naval Staff, was the Chief Guest for the ceremony.
Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC , the Chief of the Naval Staff,Reviewing the Investiture Ceremony Parade onboard Viraat
Admiral RK Dhowan, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC , the Chief of the Naval Staff,
With the Investiture Ceremony Awardees
Commissioning of ISVs by Shri Devendra Fadnavis,
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra
Visit of Hon' ble Raksha Mantri onboard INS Vikramiditya
Visit of Hon' ble Raksha Mantri onboard INS Vikramiditya
Visit of HE. Governor of Maharashtra to Headquarters, WNC
Visit of Foreign Delegation to HQ WNC
Visit of Gen Zhang Youxia, Director Genrel Armament Department, PLA, China to Mumbai 27-28 Feb 15
A 12-member delegation led by Gen Zhang Youxia, Director General Armament Department, PLA visited Mumbai 27-28 Feb 15. A visit to INS Kolkata was organised for the CNNZ. He was accompanied by the HC NZ, DA of NZ and CO Te Mana and was received and conducted around the ship by FOCWF. A general presentation on the activities of the Western Fleet was given. The CNNZ inquired about the ship's deployment and general organisation. FOCWF gave a brief overview of the same.
Visit Royal Brunei Armed Forces to HQWNC – 14 to 17 May 15
A 34 member Royal Brunei Armed Forces Command and Staff Course delegation (AFCSC) led by Lt Col Mohamad Sallehin bin Mohamad Taib (Acting Comdt RBAF Defence Academy) visited Mumbai from 14 to 17 May 15. The delegation comprised of 17 Brunei and 16 Foreign Armed Forces’ Officers, two each from Oman, Singapore, UK and one officer each from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, US and Indian Navy.
A visit to INS Mumbai was organised for the AFCSC delegation. The delegation was received and conducted around the ship by CO, INS Mumbai. A visit of ND (Mbi) and Heritage Hall was conducted for the delegation.
Visit of DR (MS) Ursula Von Der Leyen - Defence Minister of Germany to HQ WNC 27-28 May 15
The German delegation led by Dr (MS) Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Defence Minister visited WNC on 27 May 15. Consul Gen Michael Siegert, Dr von Geyr, DG Def Policy, Lt Gen Kneip, DG Strategy and Ops, Col Hubner, MA and Lt Col Walter, Dy DA called on the COS prior to the presentation by CPLO. The Def Min queried about IN Anti-Piracy Ops off the Somali coast and was briefed on the same. The present Combined Task Force structure was also explained and the presence of USN warships alongwith multi-national forces in the area discussed.
Visit of Austrailian Naval Ship HMAS Newcastle to Mumbai 24 to 27 Apr 15
Australian Naval Ship HMAS Newcastle visited Mumbai from 24 to27 Apr 15. The Australian Ship was received alongside by DCIO (FL) and the Liaison Officer with Naval Band in attendance. INS Betwa was the host ship and provided all necessary assistance to the Australian ship during her stay. A Liaison Cell was established by Betwa. A Friendly Volley Ball match was played at Kohli Stadium between teams of Betwa and HMAS Newcastle AM 26 Apr 15. The ships exchanged crests on completion of the match.
World Environment Day-05 JUN 15. Activities and events, related to various aspects of environment and environmental conservation were organised to inculcate awareness about the conservation of environment amongst the Naval Community and Defence Civilians of HQWNC on the eve of World Environment Day (WED) observed on 05 Jun15.
Tree Plantation by VAdm SPS Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, WNC at Heritage Garden
Naval Dockyard, Mumbai They meticulously cleared all the drains, roadsides, gardens and premises of the residential, schools and other common areas. Proper waste disposal arrangements were also made for the collected trash.
Cleanship at Marine Drive by Mass Shramdan by DSC personnel
INS Angre Ship's Company of HQ 31 WEU
Various Competitions viz. Essay writing, Poster, Slogan writing, Drawing etc. were organized for service, civilian personnel and their families on the theme of WED 15 - 'Seven Billion Dreams, One Planet- Consume with Care'. The competitions witnessed an overwhelming participation.
Drawing & Painting Competition - 'Reduce, Recycle & Reuse: for children at NOFRA sponsored by ICICI Bank, NOFRA Branch
Environment Protection Posters a Essay Writing & Poster Making
Little Angels School – Prepared Competition onboard INS Viraat
Documentary on various environmental related topics viz. Environmental change and its impact were also screened. Presentations covering the role and mission of UNEP and significance of World Environment Day including the theme were conducted.
Awareness Programme on Environment
Respective Heads of the Organisations interacted with ship’s company and families and advised to continue the same practice all around the year. The participants resolved to continue their efforts to maintain their surroundings clean and green.
(i) Commanding Officer, INS Viraat addressing the service personnel (ii) Heads of Department interacting with the Defence and Civilian personnel of HQGNA