The sad demise of senior naval veteran, Cmde KS Subra-Manian, VSM (Retd) on 04 June 2023 at Coimbatore, at the age of 94, leaving many to mourn the demise of an accomplished military officer and spirited submariner. The veteran had a glorious career in the Indian Navy. His wife had predeceased him a few years ago and he is now survived by two sons and a daughter.
Cmde Subra-Manian was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 September 1951. In April 1962, he was selected to attend HMS Dolphin, the home of the Royal Navy’s submarine service. Later, he went on to train for the Foxtrot class submarines in the erstwhile USSR.
Cmde Subra-Manian was at the forefront of submarine operations. He was among the pioneers that formulated ground-breaking tactics and laid the foundation for a strong submarine arm in the Navy. With an illustrious career spanning over three decades, he was widely regarded as a trailblazer and played an instrumental role in shaping the future of submarine warfare for India. His high dedication, exceptional leadership, and unwavering commitment to the safety of his crew earned him the highest respect of his shipmates.
The Indian Navy offered its heartfelt and deepest condolences to Cmde KS Subra-Manian’s family and near and dear ones.