As was posted earlier,Adm.Dawson was critically ill after a fall at his home in B'lore.He was an excellent CNS,taking over from the legendary Adm.Ronnie Pereira,and his passing away leaves us with very few (retd) naval officers of the IN left who originally joined the service during WW2."Stan" Dawson,as he was popuarly known,hailed originally from Burma and it was his keen acumen and vision as a young naval officer during the war,when on an exercise at Karwar,a flash of inspiration gave him the idea of one day turning this stretch of coastline into a fabulous naval base.Project Seabird was his initiative when the IN was looking for another base on the west coast to relieve the congestion at Bombay and it has now blossomed into what will be the country's premier naval base,INS Kadamba,which will also feature a naval air station.
There was a few years ago an excellent interview of Stan and is recounting of the proiject. A recent issue of the IMR also featured the second phase of the base's expansion and had an aerial view of the base and its current facilities.What was also Stan's finest hour was his responsibility as Director in charge of naval ops during '71 and the planning of the historic raid on Karachi.
Stan ,who also served as our High Commissioner to New Zealand,was always a very approachable gentleman and when I asked him if he would favour us by being our chief guest at the BR meet many years ago that Shiv has very kindly posted a pic of,he immediately said yes. He will be missed very much by his colleagues and friends.Stan,your legacy speaks for itself, you did the country proud.RIP.