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Meritorious service to the Indian Navy and Parsi community

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Commodore Aspi Marker was born on 25th May, 1949 in Bombay. His father Group Captain Dhunjishaw Marker was commissioned as a Doctor in the Indian Army and fought during World War II. After retirement, he settled in Mhow and was President of the Mhow Parsi Anjuman. His brother Wing Commander Merzy Marker was also a doctor in the Indian Air Force. The contribution of their family to the Armed Forces is unique - a member having served in each the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.

Commodore Marker has featured in the book ' Eminent Parsis 1964-2005' by BT Dastur.

He joined the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla in June 1966 and was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy in January 1971. He fought in the Indo-Pak War 1971. During his tenure he was selected to Command Indian Naval Ships Nipat and Nirghat of the Eastern Fleet, Shakti and Khukri of the Western Fleet and the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron of the Indian Navy. While ashore, he Commanded INS Agnibahu and then INS Angre. He was also the Chairman of the Naval Public School, Mumbai. He was Naval Officer-in-Charge Gujarat in 2001 during the devastating earthquake.

Over the years, Commodore Marker was selected to be appointed on the Faculty as Directing Staff of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad - an achievement very few Armed Forces Officers have to their credit.

During his Command of INS Khukri in March 1991 the ship was adopted by the Gorkha Brigade of the Indian Army which was then headed by Lt General Faridon Billimoria. In Armed Forces where Parsis are few and far it was a rare occasion to have both Parsis heading their respective services in an Inter- Service event.

Since 1996 he has been addressing the Holiday Programme for Youth conducted by the\ Bombay Parsi Panchayat. He was President of the Elections for the BPP Trustees Elections held in April 2009.

For his excellent performance, dedication and devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of Naval Service, he was awarded the Nao Sena Medal on Republic Day 2003.

In June 2003, the Lt Col Adi B. Tarapore Memorial Award was conferred upon him by the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjumans of India for meritorious service to the community.

In July 2003, he was felicitated by the Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman Mhow for selfless service to the Parsi community.

Commodore Marker retired in May 2007 and is presently the Chief Executive of the United Services Club Mumbai. His wife Mahrukh is a homemaker. Their elder daughter Minaz teaches English at G.D. Somani School, Mumbai. Their younger daughter Delna is married to Rushad Chinoy and is in London.

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