Director General of Naval Operations

Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM

Director General of Naval OperationsVice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM NM is an alumni of the National Defence Academy. He was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 July 1985.

The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare and has held important assignments both afloat and ashore. In the initial years of his career, he served onboard IN Ships Himgiri, Agray and Ganga as ASW specialist officer and subsequently as an instructor at ASW School. His Command tenures afloat include INS Nashak (Missile Vessel), INS Magar {Landing Ship Tank (Large)} and INS Talwar (stealth Frigate) and Second in-Command of INS Khukri (Missile Corvette). He commanded the National Coast Guard, Mauritius for two years from 2003 to 2005 and was also the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy and Commanding Officer, INS Mandovi.

His staff appointments include Joint Director at Directorate of Personnel at Naval Headquarters, Naval Adviser to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Senior Directing Staff at the Naval War College, Mumbai and Principal Director Staff Requirements at Naval Headquarters.

On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in February 2015, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development), and subsequently as the Flag Officer Sea Training in October 2016. He was later appointed as the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet in January 2018 and Commanded the sword arm prior to him assuming his present appointment as the Director General Naval Operations on promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral.

The Admiral is a graduate from the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the Nao Sena Medal in 2011 and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 2019.

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