The newly appointed Naval Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar being welcomed by the outgoing Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh at South Block in New Delhi on 30 November. Admiral R Hari Kumar becomes the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff.
He was commissioned into the executive branch of the Navy in January 1983 and was heading Mumbai-based Western Naval Command before his elevation. Kumar earlier served as chief of integrated defence staff to the chairman, chiefs of staff committee.
The warships commanded by Kumar include aircraft carrier INS Viraat (no longer in service), INS Ranvir, INS Nishank and INS Kora. He has undergone courses at the Naval War College, US, Army War College, Mhow and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.
He has been decorated with the Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM), the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vishist Seva Medal (VSM).