June 6, 2016: Vice Admiral G. Ashok Kumar AVSM, VSM, Commandant, National Defence Academy (NDA), has taken over as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy) on June 6, 2016.
Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, AVSM, VSM is an alumnus of 60th course of National Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on July 1, 1982.
He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and has attended the Army Higher Command Course at Mhow as well as the Expeditionary Operations Course at Quantico, Virginia, USA.
The Admiral has held various challenging Staff and Command assignments during his distinguished Naval career spanning more than three decades. His sea tenures include Commanding Officer of INS Kulish and Ranvir and Executive Officer INS Brahmaputra. He was Head of Training Team (Navy) at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and as Defence Advisor at the High Commission of India in Singapore. On promotion to Flag rank, he has held the important assignments of Flag Officer Sea Training, Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command and Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat (FOMAG).
He has been awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal on January 26, 2015, and Vishist Seva Medal on January 26, 2011, in addition to receiving a commendation by the Chief of Naval Staff in 2000.
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