Mumbai is surrounded on all sides by water and is just as vulnerable to attack by sea as it was on 26/11. Maharashtra needs formalised maritime governance - a coordination of all maritime activity with a constant, collective awareness of the surrounding maritime domain.
Admiral Venkat Bharatan
Former Vice Admiral of the Indian Navy
Vice Admiral (Retd) Venkat Bharathan is a graduate of the Defense Services Staff College, India as well as the Naval War College, USA. He pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and a Master of Science in Defense Studies. His most enjoyable postings were the command of an anti sub-helicopter squadron, a patrol frigate, a guided missile destroyer, performing as the Flag Officer for Sea Training, Flag Officer for Naval Aviation and Flag Officer commanding the Eastern Fleet. In addition to this, Vice Admiral Bharatan served as India’s Naval Attaché in Washington, D.C. The Government of India awarded him the Vishist Seva Medal, the Athivishist Seva Medal and the Param Vishist Seva Medal. Disclaimer: External experts are not affiliated with Gateway House and have been presented here for reference only.
India's defense policy, Indian navy, maritime security
Last modified: September 13, 2017
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