Devendra Kumar Joshi

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D K Joshi ( Retd. )

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Admiral D. K. Joshi official portrait
Lieutenant Governor of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Assumed office
8 October 2017
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byJagdish Mukhi
Chief of the Naval Staff
In office
31 August 2012 – 26 February 2014
Prime MinisterManmohan Singh
Preceded byNirmal Kumar Verma
Succeeded byRobin K. Dhowan
Personal details
Devendra Kumar Joshi

(1954-07-04) 4 July 1954 (age 66)
Almora, Uttarakhand, India
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Navy
Years of service1974–2014
RankIN Admiral Shoulder curl.png 14-Indian Navy-ADM.svg Admiral
CommandsWestern Naval Command
Andaman and Nicobar Command
Eastern Fleet
INS Viraat
INS Ranvir
INS Kuthar

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) (born 4 July 1954) is the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Vice Chairman of Islands Development Agency (IDA).[1][2] He was an Admiral in the Indian Navy and served as 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.[3][4]

Admiral Joshi has joined the Uttarakhand War Memorial as one of its patron in May 2020.[5] Subsequently, paying homage to brave sons/daughters of Uttarakhand in security of the nation and furthering the cause of the Uttarakhand War Memorial Trust, he has also contributed all his current and future annuities (for gallantry awards/decorations) towards the trust in July, 2020.[6][7]

Early life[edit]

Devendra Kumar Joshi was born to Shri Hira Ballabh Joshi, an Indian Forest Service Officer and Smti. Hansha Joshi on July 4, 1954. After completing his early education in various schools wherever his father was posted, he moved to Hansraj College, Delhi. While studying in Delhi, he was selected into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy in January 1972 and was subsequently commissioned in 1974.

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 belong 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 for me. However, once I had made up my mind, they were fully supportive".[8]

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

He graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on April 1, 1974. Admiral D K Joshi is also an alumnus of the Naval War College, USA, the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai, and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

Admiral 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). Admiral D K Joshi has also been Senior Instructor (Navy) at Defence Services Staff College (Wellington). He was the Defence Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999,[9] with concurrent accreditation to the Philippines.

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, he contributed towards inter-services 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). Subsequently, Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi was elevated as the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, having assumed office on 31 August 2012.[10][11]

Admiral D. K. Joshi (centre) with the then Defence Minister A. K. Antony and the then Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma (extreme-left).
Admiral D K Joshi witnessing flying operations on board INS Viraat aircraft carrier of Indian Navy, which he earlier commanded.

Admiral Joshi resigned following a fire aboard Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuratna on 26 February 2014.[3] 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.[12]

Islands Development Agency (IDA)[edit]

The Islands Development Agency (IDA) was constituted on 1 June 2017 [under the Chairmanship of Home Minister] and Admiral D K Joshi PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) was designated as its Vice-Chairman, following the Prime Minister's review meeting on the development of Indian Islands Territories. The major mandate of the Islands Development Agency includes guiding the policies, programmes and formulation of Integrated Master Plans for Comprehensive Development of the Islands. Islands Development Agency (IDA), with support of the NITI Aayog, is undertaking the holistic development of the Islands territories of India, while giving due consideration to their unique maritime and territorial bio-diversity.

The fourth IDA Review Meeting taken by the Prime Minister of India on 30 June 2018, with Chairman IDA Hon’ble Home Minister and Vice-Chairman Admiral D K Joshi present.

The first IDA Meeting held on 24 July 2017. IDA has so far met six times since constitution, with the fourth review meeting held on 30 June 2018, being Chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India himself. With the re-constitution of Islands Development Agency, the Government of India has been fast-tracking the holistic development its Islands territories.[13][14]

Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands[edit]

Admiral D K Joshi (Retd.) took oath on 8 October 2017 as the thirteenth Lt. Governor of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, a territory which is the largest archipelago system in the Bay of Bengal, composed of 836 islands, islets and rocks.[15][16] He concurrently remains designated as Vice-Chairman Islands Development Agency also.

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands[17]


Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Yudh Seva Medal ribbon.svg Nao Sena Medal ribbon.svg
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg 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

Personal life[edit]

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


  1. ^ "New governors appointed: All you need to know". The Times of India. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Who is Devendra Kumar Joshi?". Indian Express. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "DK Joshi resigns".
  4. ^ "Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi Resigns". PIB. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  5. ^ Post, Garhwal. "Admiral Joshi joins U'khand War Memorial as Patron | Garhwal Post". Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Adm DK Joshi donates award money to Uttarakhand war memorial". Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  7. ^ Pioneer, The. "Admiral Joshi donates award money to War Memorial". The Pioneer. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Bridging the Gap: An Interaction with Naval Chief - Admiral D. K. Joshi (Doordarshan, 2013) on YouTube
  9. ^ "Press Release:Indian Navy".
  10. ^ "Admiral D K Joshi, 21st Chief Of Naval Staff of Indian Navy".
  11. ^ "Lt Governor of A&N Islands".
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Union Home Minister chairs first meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA). IDA focuses on Holistic Development of Islands".
  14. ^ "Shri Amit Shah chairs Meeting of the Island Development Agency focusing on 'Green Development in the Islands to reach a new Height'".
  15. ^ Post, The Phoenix (8 October 2017). "Admiral D K Joshi (Retd.) sworn in as the 13th Lt Governor of A& N Islands". The Phoenix Post.
  16. ^ "Plans afoot to make Andamans a major tourist attraction".
  17. ^ "Swearing in Ceremony of Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) on 08.10.2017".
Military offices
Preceded by
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Chief of the Naval Staff
2012 to 2014
Succeeded by
RK Dhowan
Preceded by
Sanjeev Bhasin
FOC - in - C Western Naval Command
2011 to 2012
Succeeded by
Shekhar Sinha
Preceded by
Air Marshal S C Mukul
Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
2010 to 2011
Succeeded by
VAdm Shekhar Sinha
Preceded by
Vijay Shankar
Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command
2009 to 2010
Succeeded by
Lt Gen N C Marwah
Preceded by
Sanjeev Bhasin
Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet
2006 to 2007
Succeeded by
Robin K. Dhowan
Preceded by
R F Contractor
Commanding Officer INS Viraat
2001 to 2003
Succeeded by
Anil Chopra
Government offices
Preceded by
Jagdish Mukhi
Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar
8 October 2017 - Present
Succeeded by