Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar has assumed charge as the
Vice Chief of Naval Staff from Vice Admiral Karambir Singh at a formal ceremony
held on October 30th at South Block, New Delhi. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh
proceeds to Visakhapatnam and is scheduled to take over as Flag Officer
Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command on Oct 31.
Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P, is an alumni of the
National Defense Academy. The Flag Officer was commissioned in the Indian Navy
on July one 1981 and is a specialist in Missiles and Gunnery.
The Flag Officer has had extensive operational
tenures onboard frontline warships of the Indian Navy. He has had the
distinction of having commanded six seagoing platforms which include the guided
missile corvette Kulish (commissioning), the guided missile frigate Talwar, the
guided missile destroyers Mumbai and Mysore. The officer has done the Naval
Higher Command Course and is also an alumni of the Naval War College, Newport,
Rhode Island, USA.
His important shore assignments include Director
Maritime Warfare Centre, Visakhapatnam, Commanding Officer of INS Dronacharya,
Kochi, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command, Mumbai.
He was promoted to Flag Rank in Sep 2009 and as a
Rear Admiral, his assignments included Assistant Chief of Personnel (HRD) at
Naval Headquarters, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) and Chief of
Staff of Southern Naval Command.
On promotion to the Rank of Vice Admiral in 2013, he
was appointed as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala and
thereafter has completed two joint service tenures as Principal Staff Officer
at Headquarters Integrated Defense Staff, tenanting the billets of Deputy Chief
of Integrated defense Staff (Operations) and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense
Staff (Policy Planning & Force Development)