List of Indian Navy Admirals from 1947-2024 for General Awareness

Do you know, who is the present Indian Navy Admiral Or Chief of Indian Navy? Vice Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi, PVSM, AVSM, NM, currently serving as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, is the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from the afternoon of April 30, 2024. The outgoing Chief is Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM.

Admiral R Hari Kumar, was appointed as the 25th  Chief of the Indian Navy. He took over from Admiral Karambir Singh on 30th November 2021, after serving for four decades in the Indian Navy.

The topic of Indian Navy Admirals is important for competitive exams. For various Government exams SSC, RRB, Bank etc., the topic is covered under general awareness sections. Also, the UPSC aspirants can expect one or two questions related to Chief of Indian Navy in UPSC prelims.

Hence, the article will provide the list of Indian Navy Admirals from 1947 to 2024 who served the office as Chief of Indian Navy Staff. The Indian Navy Admirals List is also available to download in PDF format for candidates’ convenience. 

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Table of Contents:
  1. Chief of Indian Navy – Admirals List [1947-2024]
  2. Indian Navy Chief Important facts
  3. Chief Of Indian Navy Admirals – Sample Questions

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Chief of Indian Navy – Admirals List [1947-2024]

The Chief of the Naval Staff is the commander, the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Navy and the position is abbreviated as CNS

Given below is the list of Indian navy admirals and their tenure of office as Chief of Indian Navy:

List Of Indian Navy Admirals – Chief Of Navy Staff
Names of CNS Tenure of Office
Rear Admiral J.T.S. Hall August 15, 1947, to August 14 1948
Admiral Sir Edward Parry August 15, 1948, to October 13 1951
Admiral Sir Mark Pizey   October 14, 1951, to 21 July 1955
Vice-Admiral Sir Stephen Carlill 22 July 1955 to April 21 1958
Vice-Admiral R.D. Katari April 22, 1958, to June 4 1962
Vice Admiral B.S. Soman June 05, 1962, to March 3 1966
Admiral A.K. Chatterjee March  04, 1966, to February 27 1970
Admiral S.M. Nanda February 28, 1970, to February 28 1973
Admiral S.N. Kohli March 01, 1973, to February 28 1976
Admiral J.L. Cursetji March 01, 1976, to February 28 1979
Admiral R.L. Pereira March 01, 1979, to February 28 1982
Admiral O.S. Dawson March 01, 1982, to November 30 1984
Admiral R.H. Tahiliani December  01, 1984, to November 30 1987
Admiral J.G. Nadkarni December  01, 1987, to November 30 1990
Admiral Ramdas December 01, 1990, to September 30 1993
Admiral V.S. Shekhawat October  01, 1993, to September 30 1996
Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat October  01, 1996, to December 30 1998
Admiral Sushil Kumar December 31, 1998, to December 29 2001
Admiral Madhvendra Singh December 29, 2001, to July 31 2004
Admiral Arun Prakash August  01, 2004, to October 30 2006
Admiral Suresh Mehta October 30, 2006, to  August 31 2009
Admiral Nirmal Verma August  31, 2009, to August 31 August 2012
Admiral Devender Kumar Joshi August  31, 2012, to February 26 2014
Vice Admiral RK Dhowan February 26, 2014, to May 31 2016
Admiral Sunil Lanba May 31, 2016, to May 31 2019
Admiral Karambir Singh May 31, 2019, to November 30th, 2021
Admiral R Hari Kumar
November 30th, 2021 to April 30th, 2024
Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi
April 30th, 2024 – Present
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About Navy Admirals

Admiral is a four-star naval flag officer rank in the Indian Navy. It is the highest active rank in the Indian Navy. Admiral ranks above the three-star rank of vice admiral and below the five-star rank of admiral of the fleet, which has never been awarded or held.

An admiral may be referred to as a full admiral or four-star admiral to distinguish them from lower flag officer ranks like vice admiral and rear admiral.

The rank is held by the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), the professional head of the Indian Navy, since 1968. The rank may also be held by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) if the holder is a serving Indian Navy flag officer. Admiral Adhar Kumar Chatterji was the first Indian officer to hold the rank of full admiral. The current Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) and only full admiral in the Indian Armed Forces is Admiral R. Hari Kumar.

The equivalent rank in the Indian Army is general and in the Indian Air Force is air chief marshal.

Important facts related to Indian Navy Admirals

  • At Independence, the head of the Navy was designated the Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Navy
  • The title of “Chief of the Naval Staff” was added on 1st March 1948, “Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Navy“.
  • When India became a republic on 26th January 1950, the “Royal” designation was dropped. Thus designating the Indian Navy head to “Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy“.
  • The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955 re-designated the Indian Navy Head to “Chief of Naval Staff”.
  • The position CNS is headed by both three-star rank Vice Admiral and two-star rank Rear Admiral. However, since 1966, the Chief of Naval Staff has always been a full Admiral.
  • Appointments of CNS to the office are made by ACC – the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. 
  • The CNS generally reaches superannuation upon completion of 3 years service or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Facts about the Indian Navy

  • The Indian Navy is presently the seventh strongest maritime force on the planet, with only the United States, Russia, China, Japan, United Kingdom and France ahead of it. The force, as of June 2019, has 150 submarines and ships and 300 aircraft, and 67,252 active and 55,000 reserve personnel in service.
  • The Indian Navy’s anti-ship cruise missile BrahMos is the world’s fastest operational system in its class. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently increased the missile system’s range from 298 km to nearly 450 km.
  • The Indian Navy’s special operations unit named MARCOS (originally called Marine Commando Force), founded in 1987, is trained and equipped to carry out operations in all environments – at sea, on land and in air. The force has acquired international recognition for professionalism.
  • The Indian Navy’s ‘Sagar Pawan’, founded in 2003, is one of the only two naval aerobatic teams in the world, the other being the US Navy’s Blue Angels.
  • The first independent operation for the Indian Navy happened in 1961, when it fought successfully againt the Portuguese navy during the Liberation of Goa.

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Chief of Indian Navy Admirals – Sample Questions for General Awareness

Understanding the relevance of Indian Navy Admirals for competitive exams is important for better preparation for which candidates must be well versed with the types of questions asked in the examination based on it. 

Hence, given below are sample question based on Indian Navy Admirals asked in the general awareness section of competitive exams:

Q.1. Who is the Chief of Indian Navy 2021?

  1. R D Katari
  2. Karambir Singh
  3. Sunil Lamba
  4. S N Kohli

Answer (2) Karambir Singh

Q.2. Which of the following is the Vice-Admiral of the Indian Navy?

  1. R J Dhowan
  2. Ramdas
  3. Suresh Mehta
  4. G Ashok Kumar

Answer (4) G Ashok Kumar

Q.3. Who was the first Navy Chief of India?

  1. S N Kohli
  2. R J Dhowan
  3. R D Katari
  4. Suresh Mehta

Answer (3) R D Katari

Q.4. Who was the first Commander-In-Chief of the Royal Indian Navy?

  1. J S T Hall
  2. Mark Pizey
  3. Edward Parry
  4. Stephen Carlile

Answer (1) J S T Hall

Q.5. When was the first Navy Chief of Independent India appointed?

  1. 1950 
  2. 1955
  3. 1958
  4. 1952

Answer (3) 1958

Q.6. In whose tenure were the Operations Trident and Python were carried out?

  1. Oscar Stanley Dawson
  2. Sushil Kumar
  3. Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda
  4. Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman

Answer (1) Oscar Stanley Dawson

Trivia: Operations Trident and Pythons were a naval military operation carried out by the Indian navy against Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. Due to the extremely low casualty counts on the Indian side and achievement of all major objectives, it is widely regarded as one of the most successful naval operation since World War 2

Q.7. Who wrote the book We Dared, a memoir of the Indian Navy operations during the war of 1971?

  1. Jal Cursetji
  2. Sourendra Nath Kohli
  3. Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
  4. Laxminarayan Ramdas

Answer (2) Sourendra Nath Kohli

Trivia: Admiral Sourendra Nath Kohli began his career as a volunteer in the Royal Navy in 1936. During World War 2 he served in the Persian Gulf and in the Far Eastern theatre. During the war with Pakistan in December 1971, As the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, he provided operational leadership for the devastating attacks on Karachi harbour. He also led the defence of Indian Naval facilities on the west coast, for which he was awarded the Padma Bhushan.

Q.8 What was the name of the navy operation carried out against Pakistan during the Kargil War?

1. Operation Silver

2. Operation Talwar

3. Operation Parikshit

4. Operation Polo

Answer (1): Operation Talwar

Trivia: Operation Talwar (Operation Sword) was the naval operation carried out by the Indian Navy during the Kargil War of 1999. Its mainf goal was to choke Pakistan’s trade channels.

Q.9 What was the earlier name of the INS Vikramaditya?

  1. Stalingrad
  2. Novgorosk
  3. Murmansk
  4. Baku

Answer: (4) Baku

Trivia: Originally built as Baku and commissioned in 1987, the INS Vikramaditya served with the Soviet Navy and later with the Russian Navy (as Admiral Gorshkov) before being decommissioned in 1996. It was acquired by the Indian Navy following years of intense negotiations.

Q.10 Which country has the largest number of Aircraft Carrier fleet in the world?

1. USA

2. France.

3. Russia

4. United Kingdom

Answer: (1) USA

Trivia: The US Navy has the largest fleet of carriers in the world, with eleven supercarriers currently in service. The US also has nine similarly sized Amphibious Warfare Ships

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Frequently Asked Question – Chief Of Indian Navy – Admirals 2022


Q.1. What is the full form of CNS in Navy?

Ans. The full form of CNS is Chief of Naval Staff. He is the commander and head of the Indian Navy.

Q.2. What is the lowest rank in the Indian Navy?

Ans. Sub-lieutenant is the lowest commissioned officers rank in Indian Navy. It is the first-rank given to the candidate who has successfully completed the prescribed training of the Indian Navy.

Q.3. Who is the current Navy Admiral of India?

Ans. The current CNS and only Full Admiral in the Indian Armed Forces is Admiral Dinesh Kumar Tripathi who is the 26th Navy Chief of India.

Q.4. Who is the mother of Indian Navy?

Ans. INS Viraat is fondly referred to as the ‘Mother’ of the Indian Navy. It had been commanded by 22 Captains since 1987 and was the Flagship of the Navy since her inception.

Q.5. What is the full form of INS?

Ans. The Full Form of INS is the Indian Navy Ship.

Q.6. How many ships Indian navy has?

Ans. The Indian Navy’s present force level comprises about 150 ships and submarines.

Q 7. What is the tenure of Office of Indian Navy Admiral?

Ans. The term of Indian navy Chief is 3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.


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