Vice Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, Western Naval Command chief and a specialist in anti-submarine warfare, was on Tuesday named the new Navy Chief to succeed Admiral Nirmal Verma whose tenure ends in August 31.
58-year-old D K Joshi is taking over the force at a time when it is set to operate two aircraft carriers and induct a large number of warships, long-range surveillance aircraft, and submarines. He will have a three-year tenure.
D K Joshi has commanded the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Island command and also headed the Integrated Defence Staff headquarters here. He also commanded the Vizag-based Eastern Fleet of the Navy.
Commissioned in 1974, the Vice Admiral has commanded the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, Guided Missile Destroyer Ranvir, and corvette INS Kuthar.
Joshi is a graduate of Naval War College, USA and he is an alumnus of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai, and the prestigious National Defence College here.