Vice Admiral AK Chawla takes over as Chief of Personnel
Vice Admiral AK Chawla Vice Admiral AK Chawla took over as Chief of Personnel, Indian Navy on May 28. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 1 January 1982. A Navigation and Direction specialist, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, the Vinash a missile boat, the missile corvette Kora, Stealth frigate Tabar and the aircraft carrier Viraat. His ashore and staff appointments include stints at the prestigious National Defence Academy, Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies Naval Attaché Jakarta, Senior Instructor (Navy) and HOTT (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College and Naval Assistant to CNS.

As a Flag Officer, VAdm. AK Chawla has held critical staff appointments as the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation & Intelligence) and the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at Naval Headquarters. He commanded the Western Fleet from 16 August 2013 to 1 October 2014. On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral he took over as the Director General Naval Operations on 31 December 2014.

He was awarded the Nausena Medal in 2003 while in command of INS Kora during Operation Parakram, Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 January 2013, and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 January 2015.


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