Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh Takes Charge as Indian Navy’s Chief of Material

On January 1st, Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh assumed duties as the Chief of Material of the Indian Navy. He took over from Vice Admiral Sandeep Naithani, who retired following 39 years of praiseworthy service spearheading the Navy’s maintenance efforts.

Key Background Points

Vice Admiral Deshmukh graduated as an Engineer Officer from Mumbai’s VJTI university in 1986. He holds a Master’s in Engineering and is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College.

The Admiral has served in various technical and staff roles involving ships, dockyards, headquarters and trial commands during his extensive naval journey.

Significant Contributions

As the Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition earlier, Vice Admiral Deshmukh oversaw critical milestones like the commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier and light combat aircraft’s maiden launch from it. He was also instrumental in the construction and induction of several frontline battleships and submarines.


The naval engineer has been decorated with the Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for navigating the Navy towards self-reliance through his outstanding leadership.



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