Commodore Arun P Golaya is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 January, 1992. The officer has specialised in Navigation, Aircraft Direction, and Naval Operations. In addition to serving afloat in frontline warships, including the INS Mumbai and the INS Godavari as the Navigating Officer, the officer has commanded three ships including one on deputation to the Coast Guard. During his command of the Diving Support Ship, the INS Nireekshak, the ship was awarded a coveted ‘Unit Citation’. He has held a number of important appointments ashore and has been an instructor in the Navigation and Direction School, Kochi. He has also tenanted the post of Joint Director in the Directorate of Net-Centric Operations, at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy).. He completed a short but rewarding tenure as a Research Fellow at the National Maritime Foundation prior to taking up his current assignment as Defence Specialist in the National Security Council Secretariat. The officer was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) for distinguished service on 26 January 2012.