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The Chief of the Naval Staff is the commander and typically the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Navy. The position is abbreviated CNS in Indian Navy cables and communication. The rank associated with the position is usually that of Admiral.

The current Chief of the Naval Staff is Admiral D K Joshi, who took office on 31 August 2012.[1] replaced Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma on 31 August 2012.[2]

Office of the Chief of the Naval Staff[edit | edit source]

The office the Chief of the Naval Staff was created by The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act of the Indian Parliament in 1955, replacing the erstwhile office of the Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy.[3] The office is based at South Block in Raisina Hill, New Delhi.

Appointments to the office are made by the President of India. The Chief of the Naval Staff generally reaches superannuation upon serving three years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Appointees[edit | edit source]

The following table chronicles the appointees to the office of the Chief of the Naval Staff or its preceding positions since the independence of India.[4]

Name Term start Term end Decorations
1 Rear Admiral John Talbot Savignac Hall* August 15, 1947 August 14, 1948 CIE
2 Admiral Sir William Edward Parry* August 14, 1948 October 13, 1951 KCB
3 Admiral Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey* October 13, 1951 July 21, 1955 GBE, CB, DSO & Bar
4 Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Hope Carlill* July 21, 1955 April 21, 1958 KBE, CB, DSO
5 Vice Admiral Ram Dass Katari April 22, 1958 June 4, 1962 -
6 Vice Admiral Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman June 4, 1962 March 3, 1966 -
7 Admiral Adhar Kumar Chatterji March 3, 1966 February 28, 1970 -
8 Admiral Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda February 28, 1970 February 28, 1973 Padma Vibhushan, PVSM, AVSM
9 Admiral Sourendra Nath Kohli March 1, 1973 February 29, 1976 Padma Bhushan, PVSM
10 Admiral Jal Cursetji March 1, 1976 March 1, 1979 PVSM
11 Admiral Ronald Lynsdale Pereira March 1, 1979 February 28, 1982 PVSM, AVSM
12 Admiral Oscar Stanley Dawson March 1, 1982 November 30, 1984 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
13 Admiral Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani December 1, 1984 November 30, 1987 PVSM, AVSM
14 Admiral Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni December 1, 1987 November 30, 1990 PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC
15 Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas December 1, 1990 September 30, 1993 PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
16 Admiral Vijai Singh Shekhawat October 1, 1993 September 30, 1996 PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC
17 Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat October 1, 1996 December 30, 1998 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
18 Admiral Sushil Kumar December 30, 1998 December 29, 2001 PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, NM, ADC
19 Admiral Madhvendra Singh December 29, 2001 July 31, 2004 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
20 Admiral Arun Prakash July 31, 2004 October 31, 2006 PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
21 Admiral Sureesh Mehta October 31, 2006 August 31, 2009 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
22 Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma August 31, 2009 August 31, 2012 PVSM, AVSM
23 Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi August 31, 2012 till date PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC

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