Welcome to Naval War College International Alumni Portal

In the early 1980s, the Indian Navy decided to setup a College of Naval Warfare (CNW) to institutionalize the training of senior officers on defence planning, strategic and operational subjects, with a view to promote a culture of strategic and operational thinking.

Karanja (off Mumbai) was chosen as the site location of CNW due to its spaciousness and remote location – away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai city. CNW was inaugurated on 17 September 1988, by the then Defence Minister, Shri KC Pant. The Government of India sanction for the College was accorded, without manpower in 1994. The first Naval Higher Command Course (NHCC) commenced in 1988, followed by the first Senior Officer Study Period (SOSP) in 1999; and the first Technical management Course (TMC) in 1994.

From a modest beginning in 1988, the College continued to expand over the years under the guidance of Headquarters, Western Naval Command. Vacancies for NHCC were also allotted to the Indian Army, Indian Air Force as well as the Indian Coast Guard with the aim of achieving jointness

Linkages were established with Mumbai University in 2003 for affiliation and award of MPhil Degree for NHCC participants; and Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies for TMC participants.

On 18 August 2010, Government of India sanction was accorded for renaming CNW as the ‘Naval War College’ (NWC); and for its relocation to Goa. The relocation was undertaken under the helm of Commodore KS Aiyappa, VSM, Director, NWC in 2011. The NWC building was inaugurated on 28 Oct 2011 by Vice Admiral K N Sushil, FOC-in-C Southern Naval Command. NHCC-24 is accredited as the pioneer course of NWC conducted at INS Mandovi, Goa.

The post of Director, NWC held by a Commodore was upgraded to Commandant, NWC, with Rear Admiral R Hari Kumar, VSM taking over as the first Commandant on 30 January 2012.

Vision and Mission of the College

The vision of NWC is “To be the pre-eminent iconic institution facilitating higher education, wargaming and cutting edge research on maritime security and warfare at strategic and operational level.”

The mission of the College is “To prepare participant officers for Leadership at the Strategic and Operational levels by developing critical thinking, analytical ability and proficiency in Operational Art”.

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