“Eligible” Bachelor – Story from My Navy Days

Here is an unforgettable vignette from my Navy Life.

This hilarious episode happened 37 years ago – in the year 1980.

Navy Matrimonial Service – A Spoof By Vikram Karve 

Link to my original post in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve:  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/03/how-i-did-not-get-married.html


In the Army there used to be an appointment called “Colonel Commandant”.

Sometime in the 1970’s – inspired by the spirit of “Jointmanship” – the Navy decided to imitate the Army.

So – the Navy appointed “Captain Commandants” – one for each branch (Executive, Engineering, Electrical and Supply & Secretariat).

(The Supply & Secretariat (S&S) Branch was later abolished.

However – soon – the “powers-that-be” realized that abolishing the S&S Branch was a big blunder.

So – the Navy brought back the S&S Branch under a new “avatar” renamed as “Logistics” Branch)

To get back to my story – as I told you – the Navy appointed “Captain Commandants”.

One day – I was appointed as “Liaison Officer” to the newly appointed Captain Commandant of our branch who was visiting our Naval Establishment – a “Stone Frigate” – the premier Training Establishment – where I had been appointed as an Instructor – after finishing my “Sea–Time”.

The “Captain Commandant” was a recently retired Rear Admiral – he was the first “Captain Commandant” of our branch.

By sheer coincidence – both of us had studied engineering at the same institution before joining the Navy.

Of course – the “Captain Commandant” had studied engineering in the 1940’s – before joining the Navy as a Direct Entry Officer.

And – I had done my B. Tech. the 1970’s – before joining the Navy as a Sub Lieutenant under the University Entry Scheme.

The Captain Commandant asked me about myself – from where I done my engineering – on which ships I had served etc.

When he discovered that we were “fellow alumni” – he started talking freely with me.

He told me memories of his college life – and – he talked about his early days in the Navy.

The Captain Commandant had a great sense of humour.

“They did not make me a Vice Admiral. Instead – they retired me off and made me “Captain Commandant” – and now I am on a “Bharat Darshan” tour listening to sob stories…” he laughed.

“Sob Stories…?” I asked.

He looked at me – and he said to me:

“Don’t you know the job of a Captain Commandant…?”

“No Sir…” I said.

“I am supposed to solve problems of officers and sailors of my branch. I hope you don’t have any problems…?” he said.

“Sir – actually I have a problem – rather a request…” I said, hesitantly.

“Speak up – tell me your problem – feel free…” he said.

“Sir – I want to get out of this horrible desolate place. Can you please get me transferred to Bombay…?” I said.

(in 1980 – Mumbai was called Bombay).

“You want a transfer to Bombay…? Why…? This place is the alma mater of our branch. Don’t you like instructional duties…?” he asked.

“Sir – I am a bachelor – and – for a bachelor – this place is terrible…” I said.

The Captain Commandant smiled – and he said to me:

“Let me see what I can do…”

As a good Liaison Officer – I looked after the “Captain Commandant” during his busy schedule.

I was by his side for all the official events – Ceremonial Divisions – his “Pep Talk” to Officers and Sailors – “High Tea” Party with Junior Sailors – “Booze Up” session with Senior Sailors – and – the grand finale – the formal “Mess Night” at the Wardroom Officers’ Mess.

Next morning – he had a long one-to-one discussion with our Commanding Officer (CO).

I waited outside in the Staff Officer’s office.

Then – we were off to the airport.

“Regarding your request for transfer – I spoke to your CO – in fact – I also spoke to the Director at Naval Headquarters on phone…” the Captain Commandant said.

“Sir – am I being transferred to Bombay…?” I asked excitedly.

“I am afraid not. There is no chance of you being transferred out of this place. Your CO is not willing to spare you. And – the Director said that you have just come here after completing your “sea-time” – and – they intend keeping you here for at least three years more…” he said.

I was heartbroken.

“Sir – will I have to stay in this terrible desolate place for 3 years more…?” I said, totally demoralised.

Seeing the dismay on my face – the Captain Commandant said:

“You don’t worry. We will solve your problem. We will find you a good wife…”

“Sir – what are you saying…?” I exclaimed, totally bewildered.

“Well – I tried by best to move you out of here to Bombay – but – I was not able to get you transferred out of this place – so – let me do the next best thing to help you out…” he said.

“Next best thing…?” I asked, confused.

“Yes. The root cause of your problem is because you are a bachelor – you feel lonely in this desolate place. Once you are married – your problem of loneliness will be solved. Let me tell you that this is the best place for newly married couples – you will get a nice house immediately once you are married – this is the only Navy Station with 100% married accommodation…” he said.

“Sir – please don’t pull my leg…” I said.

“I am not pulling your leg. I am serious. My wife is heavily into this matrimonial match-making business – she knows lots of marriageable girls – daughters of Senior Naval Officers. She will find a “suitable bride” for you. Just send me your full details. I will pass your details to her – and – she will do the needful…” the Captain Commandant said.

I did not send him my details.

I did not want to trouble the “Captain Commandant” to find a “suitable bride” for me.

The “Captain Commandant” had more important things to do – than run a Navy Matrimonial Service.

Also – I was in no mood to get married.

And – besides – acquiring a “SODA” Wife – was like jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

By “SODA” – I am referring to Senior Officers Daughters’ Association (SODA) 

By the way – I managed to escape from this horrible desolate place within a few months – since I got selected for the “prestigious” M. Tech. course at IIT Delhi.

And – one year later – I married a “SODA” – albeit an Army one.

Yes – I got married to an “Army SODA”

Dear Reader: Please read the story HOW I GOT MARRIED in the next post in this blog.


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Revised Version of my article CAPTAIN COMMANDANT posted by me online on my blog earlier on 13 Jan 2015 at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/01/humor-in-uniform-captain-commandant.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2015/06/humor-in-uniform-navy-matrimonial.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/04/humor-in-uniform-from-frying-pan-into.html  and  http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/07/suitable-bride-for-eligible-bachelor.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/03/how-i-did-not-get-married.html


  1. […] Link to previous blog post “Eligible” Bachelor in this blog: https://karve.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/eligible-bachelor-story-from-my-navy-days/ […]


  2. […] to my original posts in my Blog Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: https://karve.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/eligible-bachelor-story-from-my-navy-days/ […]


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