Adhir Chandra Bhattacharjee, VSM, the doyen of Indian
diving industry, was born in 1924 in undivided Bengal, India.
He joined the Royal Indian Navy in 1943. After Independence,
he was the first Indian to be selected for training at the
Royal Navy diving school HMS Vernon and became India's
first Deep Sea Diver in the year 1948. In 1961, he was
commissioned in the navy and took charge as the first Indian
Officer In-charge of the Indian Navy Diving School (Formerly
Torpedo and Anti Submarine School.) at INS Venduruthy, Kochi.
widely acclaimed as the Founding Father of the diving branch
of Indian Navy. For his meritorious service to the Indian Navy
and to the nation, Late Dr. Zakir Hussein, then President of
India, awarded him the Vishist Seva Medal. He resigned his
commission with the navy in 1971 and went on to found Abee
Engineering Corporation, India's first commercial diving and
underwater engineering company.
commercial diving industry, to a large extent, owes its very
existence to this pioneer. He passed away in 1982 leaving
behind a thriving Abee Engineering Corporation and a vibrant
commercial diving industry.