About Us

We are an academic initiative of the Western Naval Command primarily focusing on Maritime Research. The Maritime History Society (MHS) came into being on 12 May 1978, to promote the study of India’s maritime history. It was founded by the then Rear Adm MP Awati to promote awareness of India’s rich maritime history among young Naval Officers and the public at large.


Maritime History Society Seeks to evolve into a body of eminence in the field of Maritime History through nurturing of historical research among young mariners, showcase Indian Maritime Heritage and publication of emerging perspective for a vibrant and resurgent Maritime India.

Academic Council Members

The strategic team that provides direction to the MHS Research Team

VAdm AR Karve

MHS Patron


Cmde Aasheesh Khanna


Dr Rashna Poncha

Academic Council


Ms Vrunda Pathare

Academic Council

Dr Tejas Garge

Academic Council

Dr Vaibhavi Palsule

Academic Council

The Team

The Sail that provides the energy to take MHS Team towards the Vision


Ms Janhavi Lokegaonkar

Senior Research Associate

Ms Amruta Talawadekar

Senior Research Associate

Mr Dennard D’Souza

Senior Research Associate

Discovering Treasures

Ms Chandrima Maitra

Sr.Research Associate

Programs & Collections

Ms Sadaf Khan

Archives & Collections Associate

Ms Uma Kabe

Project Research Associate