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Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni
Born December 5, 1931(1931-12-05) (age 90)
Allegiance  India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Years of service 1949–1990
Rank Admiral
Commands held Chief of the Naval Staff
FOC-IN-C, Eastern Naval Command
Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet
INS Delhi (1948)
INS Talwar (1959)
Battles/wars Liberation of Goa
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Vishisht Seva Medal
Nausena Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Param Vishisht Seva Medal

Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni is a retired Indian Navy admiral who served as the 14th Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy from 1 December 1987 to 30 November 1990.

Early life[]

Nadkarni was born on 5 December 1931.

Naval career[]

Nadkarni completed training at TS Dufferin and joined the Royal Indian Navy in March 1949. He received his basic training at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, on the training cruiser HMS Devonshire (39) and at other establishments of the Royal Navy. He specialized in navigation and direction.

He served as the commanding officer of INS Talwar (1959) and INS Delhi (1948). Later, he was appointed the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet (FOCWF).

His commands ashore included Chief Instructor of the Navy at the National Defence College and as the Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters (NHQ).

He also served as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C), Eastern Naval Command before being appointed the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS).

On 1 December 1987 he took command as the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) until his retirement on 30 November 1990.

Nadkarni is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Naval War College.[1]


Nadkarni is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Nausena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service.


Military offices
Preceded by
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Laxminarayan Ramdas

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