Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vice Admiral RK Dhowan takes charge as new Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan, AVSM, YSM who was the Commandant of the prestigious National Defence Academy took over today as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

A Navigation and Direction Specialist, Vice Admiral Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (45th Course C Sqn) and the Defence Services Staff College. He has undergone various courses in India and abroad including the Sea Harrier Direction course at Yeovilton, UK and the Naval Command Course at Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA.

The Vice Admiral has held various important staff appointments at Naval Headquarters, which include Deputy Director Naval Operations, Joint Director Naval Plans and as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans), Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy). He has also served as the Senior Instructor at DSSC Wellington.

Ships commanded by him include INS Khukri, INS Ranjit and INS Delhi. He served as the Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London and as Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Headquarters Western Naval Command.

The Vice Admiral had the privilege to command the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, one of the two operational fleet of the Indian Navy and subsequently took over as Chief of Staff at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam. The Admiral took over the duties of Commandant NDA on 31 Dec 08. His leisure pursuits include Golf and Yachting.

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