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Updated: February 27, 2014 20:32 IST

I was firm on taking responsibility, says Admiral Joshi

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A file photo of former Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi. Admiral Joshi wrote to his colleagues on Thursday, saying he was “firm” on taking responsibility for the mishaps that have taken place.
PTI A file photo of former Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi. Admiral Joshi wrote to his colleagues on Thursday, saying he was “firm” on taking responsibility for the mishaps that have taken place.

A day after resigning as Navy Chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi on Thursday wrote to his colleagues, saying he was “firm” on taking responsibility for the mishaps that have taken place.

“I consulted only myself and my wife before taking the decision to resign. After the submarine mishap, I was firm that I should take the responsibility for it,” he said in his internal message to senior officers of the Navy.

Taking “moral responsibility”, Admiral Joshi submitted his resignation on Wednesday, hours after fire and smoke on submarine INS Sindhuratna in which two officers died and seven sailors were taken seriously ill.

In his resignation letter, Admiral Joshi said though the government continued to repose faith is his capabilities, it was becoming untenable for him to continue as the head of the maritime force in terms of accountability.

His resignation was promptly accepted by Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral R.K. Dhowan was asked to take over as the Acting Chief till regular Chief is appointed.

Admiral Joshi, who became the first chief of the Navy to resign over accidents, had about 15 months more left in service.

After the Navy was hit by the 10th mishap yesterday involving its warships in the last seven months, a concerned Defence Ministry had sought a detailed report from the force.

Admiral Joshi served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments during his 41-year career including the captainship of guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

In senior ranks, Admiral Joshi served as Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development), in Warship Production and Acquisition as the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft Carrier Programme (ACCP), and thereafter in the Operations Branch both as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Information Warfare and Operations) and as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

I used to hear tales of eminent persons resigning owing moral
responsibility. This is a first in my life time. #mesmerized

from:  Vineet
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 02:00 IST

Thanks to Hindu for exposing the real culprits behind the ongoing
tragedies in Indian defence forces. We heard of flying coffins Mig-21
and now the aging Russian submarines.

What is maddening is that none from the defence ministry bothered to
take any responsibility to mitigate the situation of slow decision
making or indecision and lack of leadership which contributed greatly
to this mishap. What does minister Antony or PM Singh has to say? On
what grounds they go to the voters to ask to be re-elected on the back
of their awful performance that landed the country and its forces in
such sorry state!

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 01:38 IST

It requires extra ordinary courage of conviction to put in papers while at the apex position. This is is conspicuous by absence in public life and at higher level of bureaucracy. The Ex-Naval Chief Admiral SK Joshi deserves to be complimented for demonstrating this quality and proving that all is not lost in this country.

from:  Bichu Muttathara
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 22:30 IST

Hats off to you, Sir. Impeccable decision.

from:  D Venkatramana
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 20:26 IST

This shows the true quality of a leader. Hope our political leaders also
take some lesson from this.

from:  Shantanu Patil
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 20:19 IST

It is extremely sad that an Officer who served the nation for 41 years with all pride and honour has to prematurely go from service 15 months before his retirement taking moral responsibility and accountability. The former Navy Chief has clearly established that he is a fine Gentleman. Unfortunately, there is ano accountability for politicians in our country.

Sir, please be proud of yourself and it is certainly not a scar in your career.

Wish you and your wife Healthy and Peaceful life.

from:  Partha
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 19:57 IST

Its really admirable that Navy Chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi took responsibility for all the mishaps and resigned to his post, but, how long do you think Navy is going to take responsibility for outdated equipment. Its never how may submarines we have, its always how efficient those machines are and how good are they for real wars. I think GOVT should take more responsibility for not upgrading equipment than Navy Chief. Not sure how many Navy Chief personal should resign taking responsiblity for these mishaps, before our GOVT understands it.

from:  Kranthi
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 19:55 IST

A sense of duty and ownership - Thanks you sir. Wish, political class take a lesson from this.

from:  Avinash Baranwal
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 19:35 IST


from:  Rekha R
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 19:24 IST

Take a bow sir. The moral responsibility, which is the obvious thing at this juncture, has become a rare commodity sir.

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 18:55 IST
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