Devendra Kumar Joshi named as new Navy Chief

By- Staff Reporter | Date- June 05, 2012


Vice Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, Western Naval Command chief and a specialist in anti-submarine warfare, was on Tuesday named as the new Navy Chief to succeed Admiral Nirmal Verma whose tenure ends on 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.

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