Monday, October 10, 2011

Birth Centenary: Vice Admiral R.D. Katari (1911 - 2011)

Date of Issue: October 08, 2011

A privately issued Special Cover by Naval Philatelic Society, India to commemorate birth centenary of Vice Admiral Ram Dass Katari (1911 - 1983), the first Indian Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.

He was born on October 08, 1911 at Chengalpattu, in Tamilnadu and so the postmark for the Special Cover was obtained at Chengalpattu, dated Oct 08, 2011.

He assumed charge as the Chief of the Naval Staff, on April 22, 1958. During his tenure as the Chief of the Naval Staff, the Indian Navy saw a consolidation of its acquisitions, planned future growth and enhanced its training and operational effectiveness.

The operational effectiveness was amply demonstrated in the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese in December 1961. India's first aircraft-carrier, INS Vikrant, was commissioned during his tenure. He retired as CNS in April 1962 and two years later he was appointed as India's Ambassador to Burma, where he served with distinction for over five years.

Click here to read his biography in detail at Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

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