Commodore Rajan Vir, Born in 1930, graduated in 1948, selected as a Cadet for the Royal Indian Navy in 1949, completed his naval training with the Royal Navy and on his return obtained his “Watch-Keeping Ticket” on board INS Kistna.
He served as navigation officer on three IN ships before being posted to INS Vikrant in 1960 as the ship’s commissioning crew. Following INS Vikrant’s arrival in India in Nov 61, post commissioning and workup in Malta, things moved fast for Rajan with assignments at ND School, Vikrant again, Staff Course in the UK, Staff College, Wellington as DS, Commands of INS Kuthar & Deepak, Naval Attache at the Indian Embassy in Jakarta, DNI, DPS, picking up ranks on the way up. Captain Rajan Vir took premature retirement in 1978 and moved to SCI, commanding 10 merchant ships of different types till superannuating in 1990 at age 60.
It took him a couple of years before he found his calling again in promoting Sea mindedness and setting up the Indian Maritime Foundation (IMF) with the specific aim “To Raise Awareness of the Seas and Rekindle Maritime Consciousness and Pride amongst our People”. Rajan’s contribution in bringing ‘Lifesaving’ to India from the UK and help in establishing the Rashtriya Life Saving Society (India) can never be forgotten. Another labour of his love is the “Society of Indian Maritime Artists”. He enjoyed most, what he did in the IMF,. Organising Lectures in Schools and Colleges to promote Sea Mindedness, conducting Professional Maritime Seminars, Establishing a Maritime Museum & Library, Providing faculty to SSPU University for its Defence and Strategic Studies PG Courses, Establishing a Maritime Research Centre, Creating two Seafarers Memorials and bringing out the IMF magazine ‘SEAGULL’ every quarter,
Commodore Rajan Vir has two sons and a daughter, all happily settled. His wife Gita Vir, a great support to him was a well-respected activist, engaged in social activities in city cleanliness and road safety till she was tragically killed in a road accident.