NEW DELHI: Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command R Hari Kumar PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC is appointed as the next chief of naval staff by Government of India on Tuesday. He is going to assume charge from November 30, 2021.
Born in Thiruvananthapuram on April 12, 1962, he is currently serving as Vice Admiral in Indian Navy. He had undergone courses at Naval War College, US, Royal College of Defence Studies, UK and had been part of Army War College at Mhow.
‘During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral R. Hari Kumar’s Sea Command includes INS Nishank, Missile Corvette, INS Kora and Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvir. He also commanded Indian Navy’s Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat. He served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. Before taking over as FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, he was Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee’, reports ANI.
Spokesperson of Defence ministry tweeted the information stating, Government has appointed Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC presently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command as the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from the afternoon of 30th November 2021.”
He has been conferred with various awards, namely Vishisht Sewa Medal (2010), Ati Vishist Sewa Medal (2016)and Param Vishist Sewa Medal in 2021 for his commendable service to the country in the field of defence.
He will be replacing current chief of naval staff Admidal Karambir Singh, who is to retire on the day of appointment of the former.