Admiral R Hari Kumar new Chief of Naval Staff
- Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC assumed command of the Indian Navy as the 25th Chief of the Naval Staff.
- He succeeds Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC who retires upon superannuation, after an illustrious career, spanning over forty one years, in the Indian Navy.
- He was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at Mumbai, prior taking over helm as Chief of the Naval Staff on 30 November 2021.
- Admiral R Hari Kumar is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.
- He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 January 1983.
- In his career spanning over 38 years, he has commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, IN Ships Nishank, Kora, Ranvir and the Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat.
- A Gunnery specialist, he has held several key appointments, including Fleet Operations Officer and Fleet Gunnery Officer of Western Fleet, Executive Officer (EXO) of INS Vipul, Gunnery Officer (GO) of INS Ranjit, commissioning GO of INS Kuthar and commissioning crew of INS Ranvir.
The Indian Navy
- It is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces.
- The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy.
- The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star admiral, commands the navy.
- As a blue-water navy, it operates significantly in Persian Gulf Region and the Horn of Africa to the Strait of Malacca, and routinely conducts anti-piracy operations and partners with other navies in the region.
- It also conducts routine two to three month-long deployments in the South and East China seas as well as the western Mediterranean sea simultaneously.
- The primary objective of the navy is to safeguard the nation's maritime borders, and in conjunction with other Armed Forces of the union, act to deter or defeat any threats or aggression against the territory, people or maritime interests of India, both in war and peace.
- As of June 2019, Indian Navy has 67,252 active and 75,000 reserve personnel in service and has a fleet of 150 ships and submarines, and 300 aircraft.
- As of November 2021, the operational fleet consists of 1 active aircraft carrier and 1 amphibious transport dock, 8 landing ship tanks, 10 destroyers, 13 frigates, 1 ballistic missile submarine, 16 conventionally-powered attack submarines, 24 corvettes, one mine countermeasure vessel, 4 fleet tankers and numerous other auxiliary vessels, small patrol boats and sophisticated ships.
- Headquarter: Integrated Defence Headquarters, New Delhi
- Motto: Shaṁ No Varunaḥ (May the Lord of Water be auspicious unto us)
- Navy Day: 4 December"