The Chennai Chapter was inaugurated on 1 September 2009, by Vice Admiral Anup Singh, the then Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Eastern Naval Command. The inauguration ceremony was conducted in the august presence of Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd), the then Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation, and Shri Gopal Gandhi, Former Governor of West Bengal.
The role and charter of the Chennai Chapter are synonymous with the vision and mission of NMF and will undertake such activities to promote maritime awareness and thinking.
The founding Regional Director of Chennai Chapter was Commodore S Shekhar. The present Regional Director is Commodore RS Vasan IN.