Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, AVSM VSM Assumes Charge as Chief of Personnel
Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, AVSM VSM has assumed Charge as Chief of Personnel, Indian Navy on 01 August 2018. An alumni of the National Defence Academy, the Flag Officer was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 January 1983 and specialised as a Gunnery Officer in 1989. Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar was born on 12 April 1962 at Trivandrum. The Admiral Completed his Scholling from Mannom Memorial Residential High School and Degree Course at Govement Arts Collage, Trivandrum prior joining the National Defence Academy in January 1979. He graduated from Juliet-Squadron, 61 Course National Defence Academy in December 1981. The Admiral has commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, INS Nishank, INS Kora, INS Ranvir and INS Viraat.
His other sea-going 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 IN Ranvir. His ashore appointments include Command Gunnery Officer at HQ Western Naval Command, Naval Advisor to Government of Seychelles, Training Commander INS Dronacharya. 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 served in the Civil- Military Operations Centre of UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM II) at Mogadishu from December 1992 to June 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 Morajee Institute of Shipping, Mumbai. The Admiral was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal in 2010 and Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 2016.