The Naval Philatelic Society(NPS)was founded,on 17 October 1979,at Visakhaptnam,by,Cdr.(Commander)S Shekhar and Cdr.U.N Acharya.Cdr.Anil K Dhir joined in soon.The founders were deeply concerned with the lack of stamps on the Indian and Merchant Navy and resolved to assist the Navy in their effort to get stamps, on Naval Themes. It was also agreed that the NPS would assist the I.N Ships and establishments and other mercantile organisations to release special covers on occasions when the release of a stamp was not feasible. The NPS planned to conduct philatelic exhibitions on naval themes to popularise maritime philately.NAVPHILEX 79- was held in conjunction with Navy Mela at the Naval Base in Visakhapatnam. Capt. S.R Iyengar became the Chairman, Cmde (retd) S.Shekhar,the secretary, of NPS. The exhibition organised by Cmdes S Shekhar and Anil Dhir was a grand success. Thousands,from the city,visiting the Navy Mela, witnessed a panorama of stamps depicting ships and maritime history at the exhibition. 3 special covers were released with special pictorial cancellations.