On 30 November 2021, Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC assumed command of the Indian Navy as the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff. He succeeded Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC who retires upon superannuation, after an illustrious career, spanning over forty one years, in the Indian Navy.
Inspirational Facts About Admiral R Hari Kumar – Indian Navy Chief 2021
- Admiral R Hari Kumar is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.
- He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 January 1983.
- In his career spanning over 38 years, he has commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, IN Ships Nishank, Kora, Ranvir and the Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat.
- Admiral R Hari Kumar is a Gunnery specialist.
Key Appointments of Admiral R Hari Kumar
- Fleet Operations Officer and Fleet Gunnery Officer of Western Fleet
- Executive Officer (EXO) of INS Vipul
- Gunnery Officer (GO) of INS Ranjit
- Commissioning GO of INS Kuthar
- Commissioning crew of INS Ranvir
- Command Gunnery Officer at HQWNC
- Naval Advisor to Government of Seychelles
- UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM II) at Mogadishu
- Training Commander, INS Dronacharya
Appointments As a Flag Officer:
- Commandant of the Naval War College at Goa
- Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST)
- Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF)
- Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command
- Controller Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel (COP) at Naval Headquarters
He has also served as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to The Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) at the critical junction during the creation of the institution of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Department of Military Affairs (DMA).
Before taking charge as the new Chief of Naval Staff, he was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at Mumbai.