17 Apr, 2014
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Admiral R.K. Dhowan on 17 April 2014 took over as 22nd chief of the Naval Staff. Top post of Indian navy was lying vacant since 26 February 2014 after Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi quit as the Chief of Indian Navy over the issue of a series of operational mishaps. Dhowan will have a tenure of 25 months, retiring in May 2016.
Dhowan supersedes Shekhar Sinha
With this appointment Dhowan superseded Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, who was heading the Western Naval command. Admiral Sinha was the senior-most Vice Admiral but he was edged out of the race, apparently because majority of the 14 mishaps, including two major submarine accidents, took place under his command during the last 10 months.
Admiral Joshi’s resignation changes Indian Navy’s line of succession
Admiral D.K. Joshi, who had 15 months left in service, resigned on 26 February 2014 following the mishap involving submarine INS Sindhuratna in which two Navy officers were killed and several others were injured. In August last year, submarine INS Sindhurakshak, sank at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai killing 18 personnel on board. The sudden resignation by Admiral Joshi changed the line of succession in the Navy. Had he retired in August next year as per his tenure, Southern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Satish Soni would have become the next chief. Under the new circumstances, National Defence College Commandant Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba is expected to succeed Admiral Dhowan in May 2016.
About Adm. R.K. Dhowan
Admiral RK Dhowan was commissioned in the Navy on 01 Jan 1975. He is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served with distinction in an array of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments through his exemplary career spanning 40 years. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
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