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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