Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi on Friday took charge as the Navy chief, succeeding Admiral Nirmal Verma.
Admiral Joshi, who will have a three-year tenure as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff, expressed gratitude for having been given the honour and privileged opportunity to command the Navy.
In a message to the Navy, Admiral Joshi, an anti-submarine warfare specialist, indicated his priorities.
He said: “For the Navy to fulfil its mandate as a maritime power [working] for national prosperity, 24X7 attention would need to be paid at all levels to ensure that there are no gaps in our security preparedness.
“Man-machine interface crucial”
“To achieve security-related objectives, the man-machine interface is crucial. The Navy would need to professionally re-audit, train and consolidate its preparedness to optimise the existing capabilities as well as harness the full potential of the transformational new capabilities being inducted.”
Admiral Joshi, who was the Western Naval Commander, has commanded the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Island Command.
He also headed the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters.
of INS Virat
Commissioned in 1974, Admiral Joshi has commanded aircraft carrier INS Viraat, guided-missile destroyer Ranvir and corvette INS Kuthar.
He has been awarded the Nausena Medal, the Vishisht Seva Medal and the Yudh Seva Medal. He commanded the Vizag-based Eastern Fleet, wherein he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
A graduate of the Naval War College, United States, he is an alumnus of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai, and National Defence College here.
He is married to Chitra Joshi and has two daughters.