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 Odakkal Johnson

Director & Head of Research

Dr Rashna Poncha

Academic Council

Dr Tejas Garge

Academic Council

Sethu Team

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

Mr Mathew John

Asst Dir (Ops & IT)

Mr Sahil Mulla Executive Associate Ms Leora Pezarkar Programs and Promotions Ms Swapna Nair Research and Promotions Ms Saba Purkar Project Research Associate Ms Krishna Kataria Project Research Associate

Research Team

Discovering Treasures

Ms Amruta Talawadekar Research Associate Mr Dennard D’Souza Research Associate Ms Janhavi Lokegaonkar Research Associate

Our Future Aspirations