Appointment of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air)
Rear Admiral Philipose G Pynumootil, took over as Assistant Chief of Naval staff (Air) on promotion. An alumnus of the Lawrence School, Lovedale and the National Defence Academy (67th course), he was commissioned in the Indian Navy on January 1, 1986.
A rotary wing pilot qualified on Sea King 42 B/C and Alouette helicopters, he has served as Flight Commander INS Delhi, Senior Pilot – Marine Commando Flight & INAS 330, and commanded the carrier borne ASW Sea King Squadron, INAS 330. He was also the commissioning Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station, INS Shikra. A former Instrument Rating Examiner on Sea Kings, the officer has flown extensively during Operation Pawan, Sri Lanka and Operation Restore Hope, Somalia. Prior to taking over his current appointment, he served as the Principal Director of Aircraft Acquisition.
The Flag officer has commanded the 1241 RE corvette, INS Nashak, the missile corvette INS Kirpan and the Guided Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra, besides doing a tenure as Executive Officer of the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Delhi. The officer was awarded the Nao Sena Medal for his tenure in command of INS Brahmaputra.
The Flag Officer has undergone the Staff Course at the DSSC, Wellington, Tamil Nadu and the Higher Air Command Course at the College of Air Warfare, Hyderabad. He is a post graduate in Defence Studies and holds an M Phil (Strategic Studies). He is an alumnus of the Royal College of Defence Studies, London and attained an MA (International Relations) from Kings College, London.