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JULY 2016 ISSUE

Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar assumes charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff
 
Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on June 6. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Pune, he was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 1 July 1982.

The Admiral has held various challenging Staff and Command assignments during his distinguished naval career spanning more than three decades. After having completed his specialisation in Navigation and Direction at Kochi in 1989, he served as the Navigating Officer of Indian Naval Ships Beas, Nilgiri, Ranvir and Vikrant. His other sea tenures include Commanding Officer of INS Kulish and Ranvir, and Executive Officer on-board INS Brahmaputra. Among his shore tenures, the important ones include Staff officer (Ops/ND) at Indian Naval Work-up team, Head of Training Team (Navy) at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and as Defence Advisor at the High Commission of India in Singapore.

He has also been the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command. On promotion to Flag rank, he has held the important assignments of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), Chief of Staff (COS) of Southern Naval Command and Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat (FOMAG). In the rank of Vice Admiral he has been the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Pune.

The Admiral is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and has attended the Army Higher Command Course at Mhow as well as the Expeditionary Operations Course at Quantico, Virginia, USA.

 
 


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