Currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command, the Indian Navy’s sword arm, Vice Admiral Joshi will be at the helm of the Navy when it is on an ambitious modernization programme with five ships/submarines on order every year for the next 10 years and the impending induction of India’s own nuclear armed submarine, INS Arihant, as well as an indigenous aircraft carrier.
As the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Joshi should have a tenure of three years as he is just 58. He is the senior most among the Indian Navy’s eligible Vice Admirals, seniority being the sole criterion for appointment by the Government.
A Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, Navy or Air Force has a minimum tenure of two years up to the age of 62, or a maximum of three years if he is younger. Born 4 July 1954, Admiral Joshi will retire at the age of 61 on 31 July 2015, the day of retirement being the last day of the month of birth.
During his long and distinguished Service spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Joshi`s Sea Command includes Guided Missile Corvette Kuthar, Guided Missile destroyer Ranvir and the Aircraft Carrier Viraat. Before taking over as FOC-in-C Western Naval Command, he has served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Commander- in-Chief of A&N Command (CINCAN) and the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC).
Vice Admiral Joshi is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, USA, an alumnus of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi. He was Defence Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999.
Vice Admiral Joshi has been decorated with ParamVishistSeva Medal (PVSM), AtiVishistSeva Medal (AVSM), YudhSeva Medal (YSM), NauSena Medal (NM) and VishistSeva Medal (VSM). He is one of the Honorary ADCs of the Supreme Commander.
He is married to Mrs. Chitra Joshi and the couple have two daughters.
(PIB 05JUN12; India Strategic)