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The history of the building and growth of the royal Indian Naval Barracks, more familiarity known as "CASTLE BARRACKS", and the premier and widely known R.I.N. establishment in Mumbai makes very interesting reading.
It is situated behind the present Town Hall and between the Mint and Old Custom House.
In 1534 the island the island of Mumbai was ceded to the Portuguese by the Sultan Bahadur of Gujarat and in 1548 it was gifted by the King of Portugal to GARCIA de ORTA (1495-1570), an eminent physician of the period who built the QUINTA or Manor House in the Castle.
In 1626, the Castle was described by David Davies, the English Navigator as a Warhouse, priory and a foot containing a square house for the residence of the Portuguese Governor.
In 1661, it passed to His Majesty King Charles II as part of the dowry of his Queen the Infanta Cantherine of Portugal.
The English took possession of the Island on18 February 1665 and it was in the Manor House of the Castle that Humphry Cook signed the instrument of possession.
In 1663 it was granted by Charles II to the Honourable East India Company who took possession on 23 September 1668.
The seat of the Honourable Company�s Government was transferred in 1663 from Surat to Mumbai Castle, which thus became the Headquarters of the Mumbai Marine, the precursor to the present Indian Navy.
The same �Mumbai Castle� is presently known as �Naval Barracks�. The commodore Naval Barracks (COMBRAX), is also the commanding Officer, of INS Angre, the major Naval shore establishment in Mumbai, situated in Naval Barracks. COMBRAX is the Estate Officer for the residential area Navy Nagar, Colaba. He is responsible to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command for the administration of the Naval residential area, Colaba.

The administrative set up and various other facilities available to Naval personnel residing in the Naval area, Colaba are given in the succeeding chapters, for information.


There are a number of Naval Establishments in Mumbai Naval Area which are as follows:-

HQ WNC - Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai -1.�

INS Angre - Shahid Bhagat Singh road, Mumbai - 1.�

INS Kunjali - Colaba, Mumbai -5.�

INS Trata - Worli, Mumbai - 81.�

INS Agnibahu - Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai -1.�

INHS Asvini - Colaba, Mumbai - 5. COMSUB(West) - C/o Fleet Mail Office, Mumbai - 1.�

CABS - Bureau of Sailors, Cheetah Camp, Mankhurd, Mumbai - 77.�

Material Supdt. (Mumbai) - Ghatkopar, Mumbai -77.�

INS Tunir - Karanja WT Mahul -Mahul. RS Thane - Thane.

The main rail stations are:

Mumbai Central.
Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus).

Routine transport runs to and from Mumbai Central/Mumbai VT as per the following timings for leave and transfer party :-

Leave Angre Leave Navy Nagar Leave Destination
0415 Hrs 0435 Hrs 0615 Hrs Mumbai Central
0730 Hrs 0650 Hrs 0830 Hrs Mumbai Central
0900 Hrs 0920 Hrs 1130 Hrs Mumbai Central
1000 Hrs 1050 Hrs 1330 Hrs Dadar
1400 Hrs 1420 Hrs 1615 Hrs Mumbai Central
1530 Hrs 1550 Hrs 1700 Hrs Mumbai Central
1800 Hrs 1820 Hrs 2000 Hrs Mumbai Central
2030 Hrs 2050 Hrs 2300 Hrs Mumbai Central


Shopping complex. There are 3 markets in Navy Nagar area which are located as under :-

Somitra Market is Working from 0700 hrs to 2100 hrs. (closed on Thursday ground floor, and Sunday 1st floor) Old Market complex is Working from 0700 hrs to 2100 hrs (closed on Thursday) Mini Market Complex is Working from 0700 hrs to 1400 hrs and 1600 hrs to 2030 hrs (Remains open on all days).

As far as possible varieties of commodities as required by mixed society are made available to the residents at reasonable rates. All shop keepers have been ordered to display the Price List. Besides this, all shop keepers are to maintain a complaint book, and complaints of residents noted in this book are duly seen and action taken by the administration.

Gas Service. Following gas service agencies are located in Navy Nagar :-

H.P. Gas (Old Navy Nagar). Working from 0830 hrs to 1230 hrs and 1330 hrs to 1730 hrs. (closed on Sunday) BPCL (Near SMQ) Saturday half day and closed on all holidays and Sundays. Working from 0830 hrs to 1700 hrs.

RIS/Fair Price Shop. There is on RIS complex near old in Navy Nagar. It is closed on Fridays and working as under :-

Mondays, Thursdays, Wednesdays 0800 hrs to 1230 hrs. 3rd and 4th Thursdays 0800 to 1230 hrs. 1st, 2nd, & 4th Saturdays 0800 to 1230 hrs.

Petrol Pump. It is located near HP Gas service at Navy Nagar for issue of petrol on all working days to entitled personnel on cash as per the timings given below :-

Monday to Friday - 0730 hrs to 0930 hrs and 1600 hrs to 1900 hrs Saturday - 0730 hrs to 0930 hrs and 1700 hrs to 1900 hrs.

STD Booth. STD booth is situated near old market main gate and works from 0800 hrs to 2345 hrs on all days.

Bank. Branch of Union Bank of India is situated near Old RIS with locker facilities and works on Monday to Friday between 1600 hrs and 1900 hrs and on Saturday between 1400 hrs to 1700 hrs.

Post/Telegraph Office. Sub-post/telegraph office is located in Navy Nagar on the ground floor of AQ building and works from Monday s to Friday s from 1000 hrs to 1500 hrs and on Saturday s from 1000 hrs to 1300 hrs.

Transport facilities. The following BEST buses ply from Navy Nagar :-

No.3 Bus - Up to Ranibaug No.11 Bus - Up to Bandra East No.47 Bus - Up to Babulnath No.6 Ltd. Bus - Up to Chembur Colony No.136 Bus - Navy Nagar to Navy Nagar via fort market No.137 Bus - Navy Nagar to Navy Nagar via Churchgate No.125 Bus - Navy Nagar to Worli From RC Church following buses run :- No.123 Bus - Up to Naik Chowk No.103 Bus - Up to Walkeshwar No.21 Bus - Upto BARC No.1 Bus - Bandra Reclamation.


Fleet Canteen/Sailors Home. Sailors Home/Fleet Canteen is located near Colaba for Ships/Establishment party purposes. Parties are conducted with advance booking. Dress regulations are promulgated by the unit organising the parties.

Sailors can avail the accommodation facilities in Sailors Home as per rates mentioned below :-

MCPOs/CPOs (Single Cabin) - Rs.12/- per day POs (Single Cabin for 2 persons) - Rs.10/- per day Ldg. & Below - Rs.8/- per day

Cinema. Open Air Theatre Cinema is located in old Navy Nagar. Pictures are screened every day except Saturdays. Entry fee of Rs.2/- per head is charged. Picture screening timings are 1900 hrs to 2130 hrs. In addition there is one Defence Cinema theatre near RC Church.

Parks. There are 16 parks/gardens in Navy Nagar area in addition to 9 Children Parks.

Play Grounds. There are two play grounds in Navy Nagar area for Foot-ball, Hockey, Kabbadi, Volley Ball, Basket Ball, etc.


Stadium. Kohli Stadium is located near the WNC Officer�s mess. It operates as per timings promulgated by sports programme.

Swimming Pool. Swimming Pool is located next to Kohli Stadium. Utilisation of swimming pool is as under :-

Instructional Period Non Swimmers - 0830 hrs to 1100 hrs except Wednesdays, Sundays & Holidays. School Children - 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs except on Wednesdays Swimming Test - 0900 hrs to 1100 hrs on Fridays.

Recreational Period

Weekdays (Except Wednesdays)

    - 0630 hrs to 0700 hrs. for all including families.

    - 1630 hrs to 0930 hrs (Odd dates for officers and families.)

    - 1630 hrs to 1930 hrs (Even dates for sailors and families.)


    - 1500 hrs to 1600 hrs Ladies.


    - 0700 hrs to 1100 hrs Odd days for Officers and families.

Swimming Pool is closed on Wednesdays for maintenance/cleaning from 0630 hrs to 1630 hrs.

Guests are charged Rs.3/- per guest. A maximum of four guests are permitted at a time.

Sailing Club. (Tel.No.2151526) - It is located near Training Ship, Jawahar, Pilot Bunder road, Colaba, Mumbai-5. It functions as under:-

Timings. Tuesdays,
Saturdays &

0900 hrs to 1200 hrs &
1700 hrs to 1900 hrs
(closed on Mondays & Thursdays)

Fees. Rs.5/- p.m. per child.
(for Junior Division)
Saturdays & Sundays 0900 hrs to 1200 hrs &
1400 hrs to 1600 hrs respectively.
Bar Timings Saturdays & Sundays
Normal days
1230 hrs to 1430 hrs

1900 hrs to 2300 hrs.
Dress. Plain clothes

List of Important Telephone Numbers are as under:

CANAC - 2152203, 2152957, 2152338
Security Officer - 2152263
Naval Police Station I - 2152370
Naval Police Station II - 2152060
NOFRA Police Station - 2152507
Asvini - 2151666
Dockyard Fire Station - 2663030/4949
Family Clinic I - 2152277
Family Clinic I - 2152924
SHO - 2152080
MES GE(NW) - 2152076
OOD INS Angre - 2663030/1042
Duty Provost Marshal Kunjali - 2152480
DMO Asvini MI Room - 2150882

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