Speaker:  Rear Admiral Monty Khanna, AVSM, NM

Chairperson:  Prof. R Nagappa,  Head, ISSSP

Date: Friday, 17 May 2019

Time:  3:30 pm

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS


The presentation will start by tracing the evolution of the PLA Navy paying special emphasis to China’s maritime heritage. It will examine its history, early years of development and growth pangs over the years. It will cover the contours of China’s changing strategic requirements and its interplay with the nation’s maritime geography. It will delve deep into the 2015 Defence White Paper which unambiguously lays down the strategic tasking for its Defence Forces. It will examine each of these tasks and see how the PLAN intends to accomplish it. In doing so, the impact on the force levels, basing, maintenance and training infrastructure would be dealt with in detail. Lastly, the presentation would lay special emphasis on China’s submarine force and its growth contours. It will make an assessment on the number of platforms at which the force structure would stabilize and the challenges that China would face in keeping this force combat capable.

 About the Speaker:

R Adm Monty Khanna, AVSM, NM was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 83.  An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, he won the `Best Naval Cadet’ award, ‘Binoculars’ as well as the Midshipman `Sword of Honor’ during his formative years.  He is a submariner and has specialized in Navigation and Direction. Appointed on the commissioning crew of Indian Naval Submarines Sindhuraj and Sindhukirti as the Navigating Officer, he later served as the Executive Officer of Indian Naval Submarine Sindhuvijay.  His afloat commands include Indian Naval Submarine Sindhuvijay and the Frigates Krishna and Gomati.  In addition to tenures as Naval Assistant to the VCNS and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, he was also the Naval Attaché at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C.  On promotion to Flag Rank, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign Co-operation & Intelligence) from Jan 12 to Dec 13. He was the Commandant of the Naval War College, Goa from Jan 14 to Nov 17 prior to assuming his current assignment as Chief Instructor (Navy), Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.


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