Devendra Kumar Joshi

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Admiral
Devendra Kumar Joshi (Retd.)
देवेन्द्र कुमार जोशी

PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
DK Joshi official portrait.jpg
D. K. Joshi official portrait
Born (1954-07-04) July 4, 1954 (age 62)
Almora, Uttar Pradesh, India (now Uttarakhand, India)
Allegiance  India
Service/branch  Indian Navy
Years of service 1974–2014
Rank IN Admiral Shoulder curl.png Indian Admiral.jpg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff
Western Naval Command
Andaman and Nicobar Command
INS Viraat
INS Ranvir
INS Kuthar
Awards

Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC, (born 4 July 1954) was the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, having assumed office on 31 August 2012. He is a specialist in anti-submarine warfare. He resigned on 26 February 2014, taking responsibility for a series of accidents, thus becoming the first Indian Navy Chief to resign.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Joshi was born in Almora, then in Uttarakhand. In an interview with Doordarshan, when asked why he had chosen to join the Navy, he replied, "I think it was the lure of the seas, the pull of the unknown...we belonged to the hills. Of the land, the hilly terrains, one had seen enough!" As he also said in the same interview, "...from both my father's side and my mother's side, for seven generations nobody had been in the services. Therefore, they [my parents] had not even thought of the armed forces as a career option. However, once I had made up my mind, they were fully supportive."[3] He graduated from the naval academy, the Naval War College, USA, the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai, and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Chitra Joshi and the couple has two daughters.

Military career[edit]

Indian navy Vice Admiral D. K. Joshi as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command
Admiral D. K. Joshi CNS Designate being welcomed by Outgoing CNS Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma for a ceremonial Parade at South Block, New Delhi

Joshi has served in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. His commands at sea include guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, during which he was awarded Nausena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal and Yudh Seva Medal respectively. He subsequently commanded the Eastern Fleet, wherein he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM). After his elevation to Flag rank, Joshi served in the Integrated Headquarters in all nodal branches. He served in the Personnel Branch as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development), in Warship Production and Acquisition as the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft Carrier Programme (ACACP), and thereafter in the Operations Branch both as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Information Warfare and Operations) and as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

Before taking over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command in 2011,[4] 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 awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal during this time. Later, he served as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC). Adm. Joshi was also the Defence Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999.[5]

Adm. Joshi resigned following a fire aboard Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuratna on 26 February 2014.[1] The Times Of India wrote that Admiral D. K. Joshi, who was to serve as the navy chief till August 2015, "was a hard taskmaster who always ran tight ships. He was unforgiving as a commanding officer wherever he served, tightening screws wherever he went." Many naval officers felt that he had lived up to his own exacting standards by resigning.[6]

Awards[edit]

IND Paschimi Star Ribbon.svg IND Operation Vijay star.svg IND Sangram Medal Ribbon.svg
IND Operation Vijay medal.svg IND Operation Parakram medal.svg IND Sainya Seva Medal Ribbon.svg IND 50th Anniversary Independence medal.svg
IND 25th Anniversary Independence medal.svg IND 30 Years Long Service Ribbon.svg IND 20YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg IND 9YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Nausena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Paschimi Star
Operation Vijay Star
Sangram Medal
Operation Vijay Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Chief of the Naval Staff
2012 to 2014
Succeeded by
RK Dhowan
Preceded by
Sanjeev Bhasin
FOC Western Naval Command
2011 to 2012
Succeeded by
Shekhar Sinha