Admiral Robin K Dhowan has taken over as the Chief of Naval Staff, a post lying vacant for nearly two months ever since DK Joshi quit after a series of naval accidents. Admiral Dhowan, who has been the acting Navy chief, has been appointed the naval chief superseding Western Naval Commander Shekhar Sinha.
He will serve for 25 months, retiring in May 2016. Admiral Sinha was the senior-most he was edged out because a majority of the 14 accidents took place under his command in the last 10 months. Admiral Joshi had resigned in February following the INS Sindhuratna mishap in which two Navy officers were killed. In August last year, submarine INS Sindhurakshak had sunk at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, killing 18 personnel.
Admiral Dhowan, the 22nd navy chief, comes at a time when the Navy is grappling with many problems including accidents. Admiral Dhowan has held various key positions and staff appointments during his career. A navigation and direction specialist, he has passed out from the National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College and Naval War College, USA.