NEW DELHI: Western Naval Command (WNC) chief Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar will take over as the next Navy chief from Admiral Karambir Singh on November 30, the government announced on Tuesday.
Commissioned in the executive branch of the Navy in January 1983, Vice Admiral Kumar has served in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. Among other warships, he has commanded aircraft carrier INS Viraat and guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvir as well as also served as the chief of integrated defence staff.
He had taken over the reins of the Mumbai-based WNC, called the sword-arm of the Navy, in February this year. Southern Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Anil Chawla retires on the same day as Admiral Karambir Singh.

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