Rear Ad­mi­ral Puneet Chadha, VSM as­sumes of­fice as the Deputy Com­man­dant, In­dian Naval Academy


Rear Ad­mi­ral Puneet Chadha, VSM took over charge as the Deputy Com­man­dant of In­dian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhi­mala, on Tues­day, March 27, 2018.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Puneet Chadha, VSM, is a spe­cial­ist in Anti Sub­ma­rine War­fare (ASW) and a Grad­u­ate of Na­tional De­fence Academy, Khadak­vasla and Malaysian Armed Force Staff Col­lege, Kuala Lumpur. He is a post grad­u­ate in Strate­gic and De­fence Stud­ies from Univer­sity of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and M.Phil from Madras Univer­sity.

In his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer span­ning 30 years, he com­manded four front­line war­ship which in­clude air­craft car­rier INS Vi­raat, Ra­jput Class De­stroyer INS Ran­jit, Sub­ma­rine res­cue war­ship INS Nireek­shak and Mis­sile Corvette INS Vib­huti.

He has also held var­i­ous pres­ti­gious staff and op­er­a­tional ap­point­ments in­clud­ing Fleet Op­er­a­tion Of­fi­cer of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakha­p­at­nam, Di­rec­tor Pre­spec­tive Plan­ning at In­dian Army Head­quar­ters, Di­rec­tor Net Ass­es­ment at Head­quar­ters In­ter­grated De­fence Staff (HQ IDS) and was the Di­rec­tor and Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor Staff Re­quire­ments at In­te­grated Head­quar­ters Min­istry of De­fence (Navy). He has also done in­struc­tional ap­point­ments as Di­rect­ing Staff at Cen­tre for Lead­er­ship and Be­hav­ioral Stud­ies (CLABS) Kochi and at De­fence Ser­vice Staff Col­lege, Welling­ton, Nil­giris, Tamil Nadu.

The of­fi­cer was pro­moted to the rank of Rear Ad­mi­ral on March 27, 2018, and took over as the fifth Deputy Com­man­dant of In­dian Naval Academy, Ezhi­mala. The of­fi­cer is a re­cip­i­ent of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) for his dis­tin­guished ser­vice of an ex­cep­tional or­der to the na­tion.

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