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Radhika Menon

Captain Radhika Menon – Bravery At Sea

Radhika Menon made history when she became the first Indian female Merchant Navy Officer to win the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. Capt. Radhika Menon is a true inspiration to women everywhere: her example of working hard and achieving greatness shows that there is nothing a woman cannot do if she puts her mind to it.

Radhika’s success marks a new era in which women around the world are encouraged, valued, and celebrated for their accomplishments – no matter what field they are in or what challenges they face. Radhika is definitely a role model for many people, particularly women, and will continue to inspire generations.

The Early Life Of Captain Radhika Menon

Radhika was born and raised in Kodungallur of Kerala. She completed a radio course at the All India Marine College in Kochi and initially began her career as a radio officer at the Shipping Corporation of India.  

A Rewarding Career 

After a brief stint with Shipping Corporation of India, she became a prominent cadet of the Indian Navy. In 2012, she was appointed as the captain of the Indian Merchant Navy and became the first-ever female captain of the Indian Merchant Navy. In the same year, she took charge as the leader of oil tanker Suvarna Swarajya which weighs about 21, 827 tonne. 

Radhika Menon ‘s Achievements: 

Radhika was awarded the International Maritime Organization Award in November 2016 for her successful courageous rescue operation, which she led from the front in June 2015. She rescued seven fishermen who were trapped at the Bay of Bengal in a sinking boat which capsized due to engine failure and the breakdown of the boat’s anchor as a result of a sea storm.

The Government of India nominated her for the relevant award recognising her national duty. She notably became the first woman to receive the IMO Bravery award. 


Radhika also co-founded the International Women Seafarer’s Foundation (IWSF) on 3 November 2017 along with fellow naval officers Suneeti Bala and Sharvani Mishra in Mumbai , intending to motivate young women seafarers.  

On 29 September 2019, she was honored by the Indian government as she featured in Bharat Ki Laxmi hashtag campaign, which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced to celebrate the achievements of Indian women as a part of the Mann Ki Baat series.  

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