Admiral R. Hari Kumar becomes the 25th chief of the Indian Navy, succeeding Admiral Karambir Singh who has served in the military for over 41 years. Kumar was heading the Mumbai-based Western Naval Command before taking charge of the military services.
The chief of the Indian Navy, R. Hari Kumar has taken the charge of the navy at a time when the service is amid various critical inductions that entails an aircraft carrier, warships, submarines, and modern helicopters to strengthen its combat potential. The leader has imprinted his foothold in the navy and took over the responsibility amid changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region where the Chinese navy was trying to increase its hold.
Kumar also had a stint as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee “at the critical junction during the creation of the institution of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and Department of Military Affairs (DMA)”, the Navy stated.
“It is a great honour for me to take over as the 25th chief of naval staff of the Indian Navy. The navy’s focus is on national maritime interests and maritime security challenges. For this, we will use our full strength. My predecessors have guided the navy with visionary leadership and I will take the navy forward in the same direction and build on their achievements,” Kumar said.
- Hari Kumar took blessings from her mother Vijayalakshmi by touching her feet after taking charge as the navy chief.
Aircraft carrier INS Viraat (no longer in service), INS Ranvir, INS Nishank and INS Kora are some of the warships commanded by Kumar in a career span of 38 years. The Chief has attended courses at the Naval War College, US, Army War College, Mhow, and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.
Kumar has become the army chief at a time when the department of military affairs (DMA), headed by the chief of defence staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, has asked the three services to expedite their ongoing studies on the creation of theatre commands to make the best use of the military’s resources for future wars and operations and submit the comprehensive reports within six months.