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Admiral R K Dhowan

Chief of the Naval Staff

Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral RK Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. His illustrious career began with being adjudged the ‘Best Cadet’ and winning of the coveted ‘Telescope’ during his sea training onboard INS Delhi. He was commissioned in the Navy on 01st Jan 1975 and went on to bag the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his

During the International Fleet Review, the navies of the world will come together at Visakhapatnam to strengthen bridges of friendship. We may be separated by geography,

About Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral R K Dhowan

Chief of the Naval Staff

Chief of the Naval Staff

Admiral RK Dhowan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. His illustrious career began with being adjudged the ‘Best Cadet’ and winning of the coveted ‘Telescope’ during his sea training onboard INS Delhi. He was commissioned in the Navy on 01st Jan 1975 and went on to bag the ‘Sword of Honour’ for his course. Consequent to earning his Watchkeeping Certificate on the erstwhile Delhi (the legendary Cruiser of the Indian Navy), his first tryst with navigation came when he was appointed the commissioning navigator of the minesweeper, Bhavnagar. He was baptised in the art of navigation when, as a young Lieutenant armed with a sextant and the keen eyes of an enthusiastic watchkeeper, he sailed the Bhavnagar from the port of Riga in the Baltic Sea to the shores of Mumbai. His passion for working in the bridge of a ship culminated in his specialising in Navigation and Direction. Post-specialization, he went on to navigate Talwar and Ganga, two frontline ships of the Indian Navy’s Western Fleet. With the induction of the Sea Harrier jump-jets into the Navy, he was selected to undergo the Sea Harrier Direction Course at Yeovilton, UK. His tenures at Indian Naval Air Squadron 300 and the aircraft carrier Vikrant shaped the future of direction specialisation in the Navy. Important staff assignments held by him at Naval Headquarters during his illustrious career include Deputy Director Naval Operations, Joint Director Naval Plans, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy). The Admiral has commanded three frontline warships of the Western Fleet - the missile corvette Khukri, the guided missile destroyer Ranjit and the indigenous guided missile destroyer Delhi. He also had the proud privilege of commanding the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. Besides serving as Indian Naval Advisor at the High Commission of India, London, he has also served as Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command (based at Mumbai) and the Chief of Staff at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command (based at Visakhapatnam) and subsequently had the distinction of commanding his alma mater, the National Defence Academy, as the Commandant. The Admiral assumed charge as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in Aug 11 and was promoted to be the 22nd Chief of the Naval Staff on 17 Apr 14.

During the International Fleet Review, the navies of the world will come together at Visakhapatnam to strengthen bridges of friendship. We may be separated by geography, but we are certainly united through oceans. The visiting navies will also have the opportunity to display their professional skills as they may sail together for exercises to increase mutual co-operation and interoperability, with the underlying theme of keeping the global commons safe and secure in the 21st century.

About INS Tabar

INS Tabar INS Tabar
Length Beam Draught NRT GRT
124.8 4.5 3620 4035
INS Tabar is the latest of the three Talwar class Stealth Frigates which was commissioned on 19 Apr 04 at Baltiysk, Russia. The 3650T ship which is over 124 meters long and has a formidable arsenal which comprises Club SSMs, Shtil SAMs, Kashtan CIWS, Anti-Ship and Anti-Submarine torpedoes, A190 Gun Mount and a RBU 6000 rocket launcher. The ship also operates multifaceted Kamov 31 Air Early Warning Helicopter. Her versatility, stealth and enhanced sensor/ weapon capability makes Tabar an indispensable asset, always ready 'on call' to protect the maritime assets and sovereignty of the Nation. Her motto 'Guts and Glory' exemplifies the essence of the spirit of men who proudly man her and will make history. The officers and men of Tabar derive strength and courage from 'Cult of the Axes' which pierces the mist of time.

Ship's Crest

Ship's Crest
Crest Photograph The ship's 'Coat of Arms' embodies two Battle Axes or 'Tabars' crossed against backdrop of waves of the ocean.
The ship's 'Coat of Arms' embodies two Battle Axes or 'Tabars' crossed against backdrop of waves of the ocean.

About Commanding Officer

Participating Delegates

Achievements/Participation

The ship has till date participated in five anti piracy operations off Gulf of Aden.

About Band

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