Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, AVSM, VSM
An alumni of National Defence Academy, the Flag Officer was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 January 1983. A specialist in Gunnery, the Flag Officer has had extensive operational tenures onboard frontline warships of the IN. He has commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, IN Ships Nishank, Kora, Ranvir and Viraat. His other seagoing appointments include Fleet Operations Officer and Fleet Gunnery Officer of Western Fleet, EXO of INS Vipul, GO of INS Ranjit, commissioning GO of INS Kuthar and commissioning GO VIII of INS Ranvir. His ashore appointments include Command Gunnery Officer at HQ Western Naval Command, Naval Advisor to Government of Seychelles and Training Commander, INS Dronacharya. He served in the Civil-Military Operations Centre of UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM II) at Mogadishu from December 1992 to January 1993. He attended the US Naval Staff Course at Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA in 1996, Army Higher Command Course at AWC, Mhow in 2004 and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London in 2009. He holds a B.Sc. from JNU, MA (International Studies) from Kings College, London, MPhil (Defence& Strategic Studies) from Mumbai University and PG Diploma in Shipping Management from Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping, Mumbai.
His Flag appointments include Commandant of Naval War College at Goa, Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command. He was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal in 2010 and Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 2016.
He is married to Mrs Kala Nair and has one daughter Ms Anjana Nair who is married to Mr Jayvijay. He is a good swimmer, plays badminton and enjoys walking.