Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC
Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 January 1983.
In his career spanning over 38 years, he has commanded Coast Guard Ship C-01, INS Nishank, Kora, Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. A Gunnery specialist, he has held several specialist appointments including 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 HQWNC, Naval Advisor to Government of Seychelles, UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM II) at Mogadishu and Training Commander, INS Dronacharya. His Flag appointments include Commandant of Naval War College at Goa, Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command, Controller Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters. Prior to taking over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar was the first VCDS, post creation of the institution of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)/ Secretary Department of Military Affairs (DMA), where he played a key role in its setting up and operationalisation.
He attended the US Naval Staff Course at Naval War College, Rhode Island, 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.
He was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal in 2010, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2016 & Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2021.