Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, VSM, NM assumes charge as Chief of Personnel
VAdm AK Chawla assumed charge as Chief of Personnel, Indian Navy on 28 May 16. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1982, A Navigation and Direction specialist, Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, the Vinash a missile boat, the missile corvette Kora, Stealth frigate Tabar and the aircraft carrier Viraat. His ashore and staff appointments include stints at the prestigious National Defence Academy, Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies Naval Attaché Jakarta, Senior Instructor (Navy) and HOTT (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College and Naval Assistant to CNS.
As a Flag Officer, VAdm AK Chawla has held critical staff appointments as the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation & Intelligence) and the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at Naval Headquarters. He commanded the Western Fleet from 16 Aug 2013 to 01 Oct 2014. On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral he took over as the Director General Naval Operations on 31 Dec 2014.
He was awarded the Nausena Medal in 2003 while in command of INS Kora during Operation Parakram, Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 13, and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2015.