PR Franklin was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 1995 and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2001 by the President of India. Born in 1946, Commodore PR Franklin did his initial military training in the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasala, and joined the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy in 1965. He was one of the pioneers who trained in the USSR for submarines. He subsequently commanded two of them. A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he subsequently served there as Directing Staff. He is also a graduate of the Marshal Grechkov Academy in Leningrad (St.Petersburg), where he did his Higher Defence and Staff Course. Among his many appointments in the Indian Navy, he served as the Director Submarine Operations in Naval Headquarters, as the Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff, as the Naval Advisor to the High Commissioner of India in London, and as the Naval Officer-in- Charge Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.