Vice Admiral Puneet K Bahl, AVSM, VSM
Vice Admiral Puneet Kumar Bahl was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 84. An alumnus of NDA Khadakvasla, he has undertaken the staff course at DSSC Wellington and the Naval Higher Command Course at College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai. An experienced MR pilot, he has flown six different types of aircraft. His operational experience includes active participation in flying operations in Op Tasha and Op Vijay. He is also a qualified ship’s diver. He has held a wide array of challenging operational, staff and training assignments.
He has had tenures at INS Garuda, INS Rajali, AFS Yelhanka and CGAS 700 whilst on flying duties and ship tenures on board INS Vikrant, Betwa, Godavari, Sujata and Porbandar. His training and staff assignments include tenures as Directing Staff at DSSC Wellington and JDNAS (Aviation Plans) at Naval Headquarters, where he successfully steered cases for aircraft inductions and drafted the Naval Aviation Perspective and Infrastructure plans. His command tenures include the guided missile frigate INS Betwa, offshore patrol vessel, INS Sujata and INS Rajali, one of the premier strategic airbases of the country. Whilst in command of Rajali, he successfully oversaw the smooth induction and operationalisation of the P8I aircraft from the base, which was awarded with the unit citation by CNS during his tenure. He was also based at the Embassy of India at Tokyo from 2007-10 as the Defence Attaché in Japan with concurrent accreditation to Republic of Korea, where he was instrumental in coordinating and facilitating a landmark Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation between India and Japan and also for drawing up an action plan for furthering defence and security cooperation between the two countries.
Post elevation to Flag rank in Jan 15, he has held the appointments of ACIDS (WSOI) at New Delhi, Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area and Flag Officer Naval Aviation at Goa, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area at Mumbai, Chief Staff Officer (Training), HQSNC and Chief Instructor (Navy), DSSC Wellington. On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral on 01 Jan 21, he assumed the current assignment of Director General Project Seabird.
The Flag Officer was awarded with Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2020, Vishisht Seva Medal in 2015, commendation by the Chief of Naval Staff in 2005 and the Lentaigne medal at DSSC Wellington in 1998. He is married to Mrs Anjali Bahl, a qualified teacher by profession. They have two sons, Dhruv and Robin Bahl, working at Bangalore and Mumbai respectively.