Rear Admiral Indian Navy
Mahendra is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, and was commissioned on 01 January 1970. During the early part of this career he served as a Missile and Gunnery Officer and Executive Officer on board a number of missile vessels, commanded a minesweeper and thereafter went on to command the Training school of the Nigerian Navy.
His later afloat assignments are that of Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Ship Varuna during which he made four record hauls of smuggled gold totaling to over Rs.50 crores, and thereafter of Commanding Officer INS Tir and TS 1. His shore appointments include those of Battalion Commander at the NDA, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Coast Guard Western Region, Chief Staff Officer (Training) of the Southern Naval Command, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command and Chief Instructor (Navy) at Defence Service Staff College, Wellington.
Prior to assuming his present duties as Flag Officer Offshore Defence Advisory Group, Mahendra was the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area.
He is the recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Nau Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal, three commendations by the Finance Minister and one by the Director General Coast Guard.
His wife Neelam is a B.Ed in Fine Arts and besides having served in Air India, has been actively involved in welfare activities of the Navy culminating in being President of the Navy Wives Welfare Association of the Western Region. He has two children, a married daughter and a son.