Dhowan is new Navy chief

April 18, 2014 - 10:03:19 am
Newly appointed Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R K Dhowan salutes after inspecting a guard of honour during his taking-over ceremony in New Delhi yesterday.

New Delhi: Admiral R K Dhowan, a navigation and direction specialist, yesterday took over as the 22nd chief of the Indian Navy. He succeeds Admiral D K Joshi, who resigned in February following a string of accidents and had been the acting navy chief since then.

After taking over, Admiral Dhowan laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial to the Unknown Soldier at India Gate and then inspected an impressive Guard of Honour at South Block.

“For the navy to fulfil its mandate as a maritime security provider to the nation, attention would need to be paid at all levels to ensure that there were no gaps in our security preparedness,” the admiral said after taking over.

Dhowan supersedes his senior, Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, who was commissioned six months earlier in June 1974. IANS

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