Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi at the helm

‘For the Navy to ful­fill its man­date as a maritime power for na­tional pros­per­ity, 24 x 7 at­ten­tion would need to be paid at all lev­els to en­sure that there are no gaps in our se­cu­rity pre­pared­ness’

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

[By Rear Ad­mi­ral (Retd) Sushil Ram­say]

Ad­mi­ral Deven­dra Ku­mar Joshi took over as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of in­de­pen­dent In­dia and the 19th In­dian to take com­mand of the In­dian Navy on Au­gust 31. Out­go­ing CNS Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma cer­e­mo­ni­ally handed over the Chief’s tele­scope to the new CNS Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi. On as­sum­ing of­fice, Ad­mi­ral Joshi sent his maiden mes­sage to the Navy say­ing he was “in grat­i­tude for hav­ing been given the hon­our and priv­i­leged op­por­tu­nity to Com­mand the Navy”. Ad­mi­ral Joshi promptly in­di­cated his pri­or­i­ties as the new Naval Chief and stated, “For the Navy to ful­fill its man­date as a maritime power for na­tional pros­per­ity, 24x7 at­ten­tion would need to be paid at all lev­els to en­sure that there are no gaps in our se­cu­rity pre­pared­ness.” He fur­ther em­pha­sised, “To achieve se­cu­rity-re­lated ob­jec­tives, the man-ma­chine in­ter­face is cru­cial and the Navy would need to pro­fes­sion­ally re-au­dit, train and con­sol­i­date its pre­pared­ness to op­ti­mise the ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties as well as har­ness the full po­ten­tial of the trans­for­ma­tional new ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­ing in­ducted.”

Ad­mi­ral Joshi is a spe­cial­ist in anti-sub­ma­rine war­fare. He has served in a va­ri­ety of Com­mand, Staff and In­struc­tional ap­point­ments. Ad­mi­ral Joshi’s Sea Com­mands in­clude guided mis­sile cor- vette INS Kuthar, guided mis­sile de­stroyer INS Ran­vir and the air­craft car­rier INS Vi­raat. Sub­se­quently he com­manded the Eastern Fleet as the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing.

Af­ter his el­e­va­tion to Flag rank, he has served in the In­te­grated Head­quar­ters, MoD (Navy) in all nodal Branches—in the Per­son­nel Branch as the As­sis­tant Chief of Per­son­nel (Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment), in War­ship Pro­duc­tion and Ac­qui­si­tion as the As­sis­tant Con­troller of the Air­craft Car­rier Pro­gramme, and there­after in the Op­er­a­tions Branch both as As­sis­tant Chief of Naval Staff (In­for­ma­tion War­fare and Op­er­a­tions) and as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

Be­fore tak­ing over as the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, Western Naval Com­mand, he sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to­wards in­ter-ser­vice in­te­gra­tion, first as the Deputy Chief of In­te­grated De­fence Staff (Doc­trine, Or­gan­i­sa­tion & Train­ing) and then as the Com­man­der-in-Chief of the An­daman and Ni­co­bar Com­mand, the only tri-ser­vice in­te­grated Com­mand of the coun­try. He later served as the Chief of In­te­grated De­fence Staff to the Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee.

Ad­mi­ral Joshi is a grad­u­ate of the Naval War Col­lege, USA, an alum­nus of the Col­lege of Naval War­fare, Mum­bai, and the pres­ti­gious Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, New Delhi. Ear­lier in his ca­reer, he was the De­fence Ad­vi­sor in the In­dian High Com­mis­sion in Sin­ga­pore with con­cur­rent ac­cred­i­ta­tion to the Philippines from 1996 to 1999. He is a re­cip­i­ent of PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM and ADC.

The out­go­ing Chief of Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral Nir­mal Verma hand­ing over the Chief of the Naval Staff Tele­scope to the new Chief of Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral D.K. Joshi in New Delhi

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