Thursday 20 January 2022, 07:31 AM
Dhowan is new chief of Indian Navy
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 4/17/2014 12:00:00 AM

Supersedes Vice Adm. Sinha

Admiral R.K. Dhowan

New Delhi: India today appointed Admiral Robin Dhowan as the new Chief of its Navy. The appointment of has as replacement to Admiral DK Joshi had resigned as  Chief following a mishap on board submarine INS Sindhuratna on February 26.  

Admiral Dhowan the Vice Chief of the Navy had been appointed as ‘Interim Chief’ when Admiral Joshi quit. Today he was appointed as the Chief. Admiral Dhowan will hold office till May 31, 2016, 25 months from now. Had Admiral Joshi, not resigned, Dhowan would have retired on May 31, 2014. Service Chiefs retire at 62 years of age, while Vice-Admirals retire at 60.

By appointing him, the Government has superseded the seniority of Western Naval Commander Vice Admiral Sekhar Sinha, who is senior to Admiral Dhowan.  This is one of rare times that the Government did not adhere to the broad principle of seniority in selecting a service chief. Vice Admiral Sinha will retire on August 31, 2014.

Vice-Admiral Sinha may have been left out because majority of the mishaps in the past one year, including two major submarine accidents, took place under his command during the past 10 months. Admiral Joshi has resigned owing moral for these very mishaps.

Following the resignation of Joshi the senior-most was Vice Admiral Sinha, followed by Vice Admiral ( now Admiral) Dhowan and the eastern Naval Commander Vice Admiral Anil Chopra. Had Admiral Joshi retired as per schedule (in August 2015), Southern Navy Commander Vice-Admiral Satish Soni would have become the next Chief in due course and on basis of seniority while Sinha, Dhowan and Chopra would have  retired by then.  Now, Soni will retire in February 2016 with no chance of becoming Chief.  

Admiral Dhowan was commissioned in the Navy on January 1, 1975.  He has commanded frontline warships INS Khukri, INS Ranjit and  INS Delhi and served as Chief Staff Officer (Operations) Headquarters Western Naval Command. He has also served as Indian Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London. He has commanded the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and served as Chief of Staff at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam. He also has the distinction of commanding the prestigious ‘National Defence Academy’, his alma mater as the Commandant.

The previous cases of supersession.

The present system of appointment is based broadly on the principle of seniority among the top-ranking officers, however, there is no written ruling to that effect. However, governments have deviated from this practice a few times and, in some cases, supersession and sidestepping of officers invited criticism.

This includes the sidestepping of Lt Gen PS Bhagat by giving Gen GG Bewoor one year’s extension. Later, in 1983 when Lt Gen SK Sinha was over looked to make Gen AS Vaidya the Chief. In the Navy and Air Force there have been some supersessions, including that of Air Vice Marshal Shiv Dev Singh by Air Marshal OP Mehra in 1972, of Air Vice Marshal MM Singh by Air Marshal SK Mehra in 1988 and of Vice Admiral Tony Jain by Admiral L Ramdas in 1990. The government of course had an explanation in each case.

Unlike other senior posts, the appointments of the Service Chiefs are the only ones which require prior approval of the President, who is also the Commander-in-Chief, before they are announced.


Dhowan is new chief of Indian Navy


भारत डिफेंस कवच की नई हिन्दी पत्रिका ‘डिफेंस मॉनिटर’ का ताजा अंक ऊपर दर्शाया गया है। इसके पहले दस पन्ने आप मुफ्त देख सकते हैं। पूरी पत्रिका पढ़ने के लिए कुछ राशि का भुगतान करना होता है। पुराने अंक आप पूरी तरह फ्री पढ़ सकते हैं। पत्रिका के अंकों पर क्लिक करें और देखें। -संपादक

Contact Us: 011-66051627

E-mail: [email protected]

Copyright 2018 Bharat Defence Kavach. All Rights Resevered.
Designed by : 4C Plus