Robin K. Dhowan

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Robin K. Dhowan
CNS Adm. Robin K. Dhowan.jpg
Official Indian Navy portrait of Adm Robin K Dhowan, CNS
Birth name Rabinder Kumar Dhowan
Allegiance  India
Service/branch  Indian Navy
Years of service 1975–May 31, 2016
Rank IN Admiral Shoulder curl.png Indian Admiral.jpg Admiral
Commands held

Chief of Naval Staff

Commandant, National Defence Academy
INS Delhi
INS Ranjit
INS Khukri
Awards Param Vishist Seva Medal
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Spouse(s) Minu Dhowan

Admiral Rabinder "Robin" Kumar Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC was the 22nd Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He assumed office on 17 April 2014, succeeding Admiral D.K. Joshi.[1][2][3]

He previously served as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff from August 2011 to April 2014.

Military career[edit]

Admiral Dhowan was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 January 1975 after graduating from the National Defence Academy (45th Course, Charlie squadron).

He was honoured with a "telescope" for being the "Best Cadet", and was later awarded the 'Sword of Honour' on completion of his midshipman training.[4]

He is a "Navigation and Direction" specialist; and during his career he has commanded the missile corvette INS Khukri, and guided missile destroyers INS Ranjit and INS Delhi.

After his elevation to flag rank, he served in various staff and instructional assignments.He was the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) in the Integrated Headquarters (Navy) and then commanded the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding.

He also served as the Chief of Staff at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at the Western Naval Command.[4]

From 2002 to 2005, he was the Naval Adviser in the Indian High Commission at London.

He then took charge as the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, and later served as a Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

He was appointed as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff in August 2011.[5]

He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, and Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA, and has completed the Sea Harrier Direction course in the U.K.[3][4][6]

Personal life[edit]

Dhowan with Minu Dhowan (right) and S. Ramsay, editor of Quarterdeck magazine, 22 February 2015.

Admiral Dhowan is married to Minu Dhowan, and the couple have a daughter and two sons.[6]

He enjoys playing golf and yachting.[4]


Yudh Seva Medal ribbon.svg
IND 25th Anniversary Independence medal.svg

Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Special Service Medal
Operation Vijay Medal
Operation Vijay Star
Operation Parakram Medal
Videsh 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


  1. ^ Robin Dhowan takes over as Navy chief The Times of India
  2. ^ MoD moves files for appointing R K Dhowan as new Navy Chief The Indian Express
  3. ^ a b "Admiral R.K. Dhowan appointed new Navy chief". The Hindu. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Meet Robin K Dhowan, India's new Navy Chief". NDTV. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "R.K. Dhowan assumes charge as Naval Vice-Chief". The Hindu. September 1, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Admiral Robin Dhowan is new Chief of Naval Staff". Indian Navy. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Devendra Kumar Joshi
Chief of the Naval Staff
2014 to 2016
Succeeded by
Sunil Lanba
Preceded by
D. K. Dewan
Vice Chief of Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sunil Lanba