Thursday, June 19, 2014

IDSA: Maritime Security Of India: Future Challenges by Admiral (Retd.) Arun Prakash



Fourth YB Chavan Memorial Lecture organised by Institution for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA)
November 26, 2013
Maritime Security Of India: Future Challenges by Admiral (Retd.) Arun Prakash

Speaker’s Profile

Admiral Arun Prakash retired as Indian’s 20th Naval Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee in end-2006. Commissioned into the Executive Branch in 1966, he specialised in aviation and has flown fighters from aircraft-carriers and patrol-aircraft and helicopters from ashore. During a career spanning over 40 years, he commanded four warships including the aircraft-carrier Viraat, two naval air squadrons and a naval air station. In staff appointments he served as head of the Aviation and Personnel branches of the naval, and as Vice Chief of Naval Staff.

In flag rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet and the National Defence Academy. He as the first C-inC of the Andanman & Nicobar Join Command and subsequently headed the Western Naval Command. During his tenure as Chief, the Indian Navy saw may initiatives being launched in the fields of doctrine, strategy, transformation and foreign maritime cooperation. The 2004 tsunami saw the IN earn plaudits for mounting an effective disaster relief operation, on India’s eastern seaboard and simultaneously rendering assistance to neighbouring Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.

A graduate of the India Air Force Test Pilots School, the Defence Service Staff College and the US Naval War College, he as awarded the Vir Chakra during the 1971 war, while flying with an IAF fighter-bomber squadron in Punjab.

Post-retirement, he writes and speaks on strategic and defence related topics. He as published a compendium of speeches and writings titled: From the Crow’s Nest. He as served as chairman of the National Maritime Foundation and was a two-term member of India’s National Security Advisory Board.

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