Vice Admiral A.R. Karve assumed charge as Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters on August 24, 2015. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1980. As a Captain, he commanded the aircraft carrier INS Viraat and the guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay. He did post-graduation in national security and strategy from the National Defense University, Washington DC (USA). He has also held other important assignments such as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Information Warfare & Operations), the Flag Officer Commanding of Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command.