Vice-Admiral G M Hiranandani passes away


He was 78. The funeral was held at Malakkara on Thursday with full Naval honours, according to a Defence Ministry statement here.

Books

 Vice Admiral Hiranandani who held a Masters degree in Military History and a doctorate in Political Science embarked on authoring two definitive volumes on Indian Naval history - ‘Transition to Triumph’ and ‘Transition to Eminence’, depicting the history of the Indian Navy from 1965 to 1975 and 1976-90 respectively.
The Admiral is survived by his son Dr Manik G Hiranandani and daughter Ms Meera H Sanya.  
Vice Admiral G M Hiranandani, a gallantry award winner, joined the Indian Navy in 1949. He had undergone extensive training in the United Kingdom with the Royal Navy at different stages of his Naval career.

He served on all classes of ships including battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, and destroyers. Vice Admiral G M Hiranandani commissioned Indian Navy’s first guided missile destroyer ‘INS Rajput’ in 1980.

Hiranandani was also the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of Southern Naval Command at Kochi from 1985 to 1987. Thereafter the Admiral served as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff at New Delhi prior to his retirement in 1989. After retirement, the Admiral served the Union Public Service Commission for six years.

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