Neelam MathewsAug 31, 2012
Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi has taken over from Admiral Nirmal Verma as the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of Independent India and the 19th Indian to take command of the Indian Navy.
On his priorities, Joshi said: “To achieve security related objectives, the man-machine interface is crucial and the Navy would need to professionally re-audit, train and consolidate its preparedness to optimize the existing capabilities as well as harness the full potential of the transformational new capabilities being inducted”.
Joshi is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare. In his service spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in Sea Commands including guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. He also commanded the Eastern Fleet.
The Admiral has served in the Integrated Headquarters in all nodal Branches. Before taking over as the FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, he contributed towards inter-service integration, first as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service integrated Command.
He was Defense Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999.