RADM Shrikhande retired in 2016 after 36 years in the Indian Navy. In flag rank he headed Naval Intelligence; was Chief of Staff/ SNC; served in HQIDS & Strategic Forces Command among others. He is an ASW specialist and has commanded three ships and spent several years at sea in pother ships. A 1979 graduate of the National Defence Academy, he is also a post- graduate of the Soviet Naval War College, St Petersburg (1988) in weapon and sonar engineering; Indian Staff College (1985) where he was awarded the Scudder Medal; Indian Naval War College (2002) & of the US NWC, Newport, R.I., with highest distinction where he won the Robert Bateman and Jerome Levy first prizes as well as the Forrestal Seminar prize and was NCC class president 2003. His academic qualifications include a MSc in weapon engineering (USSR); MSc in Defence Studies (Madras University); M Phil (Mumbai University).
In retirement he teaches strategy formulation, military history, operational art, force planning, RMA, China, the Indo- Pacific, the Peloponnesian War, leadership and ethics at the Indian NWC, where he is an adjunct professor. He also teaches some of these subjects at other military as well as civilian institutions. He writes for a few Indian and foreign journals/ portals, including the USNI Proceedings and is associated with a few think tanks and academic institutions. He has participated in Track 1.5 dialogue with China and the US and in national and international conferences. He lives in Goa, India, and is working towards a PhD in sea-based nuclear deterrence with Mumbai University.
RADM Shrikhande teaches maritime strategy at Takshashila.