Vice-Admiral Pradeep Chauhan will assume office as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala on February 27.
A second generation naval officer and alumnus of the Champion School, Mumbai, and the National Defence Academy, Vice-Admiral Chauhan underwent his early naval training aboard INS Delhi and INS Tir .
He was titled as the Best Cadet and First in the Order of Merit as a Midshipman.
A Navigation and Direction specialist, Vice-Admiral Chauhan had also served in INS Virat , an aircraft carrier. He was part of the fourth Indian scientific expedition to Antarctica. Vice-Admiral Chauhan's shore tenures include heading the naval training team at Defence Services Staff College, and Principal Director Naval Operations at Naval Headquarters.
He was also appointed the first Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence) to focus on the international role of the Navy.
Vice-Admiral Chauhan has been serving as the Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command since August 2009 and has been honoured with Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.