OPERATION CACTUS: The Navy’s Overt Strategic Leap

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Commodore Hari Anant Gokhale, NM (G),
CNS Commendation, (Retd) is an alumnus of Sainik
School, Korukonda (Andhra Pradesh), National Defence
Academy, Khadakvasla and Defence Services Staff College,
Wellington. He was commissioned in the Indian Navy in
1970. In 1979, he was deputed to the erstwhile Soviet Union
for acceptance of India’s first missile destroyer, INS Rajput.
He has been involved in intensive anti-smuggling operations off
the Gulf of Kutch and has served as an Anti-submarine
warfare specialist in ships, in the Eastern Fleet and in the
Directorate of Tactics in NHQ. After his voluntary
retirement in 1995, he worked in the corporate world and
Merchant Marine. Thereafter he taught Marine Subjects as a
Senior Professor in the internationally renowned Tolani
Maritime Institute, Pune till June 2019. Presently he resides
in Pune and periodically writes on defence issues.