Admiral RK Dhowan was commissioned into the navy on 01.01.1975. Was born on May 31, 1954.
Is a Navigation and Direction Specialist, alumnus of the National Defence Academy (45th Course, Charlie Squadron) and the Defence Services Staff College.
Has undergone various
courses in India and abroad including the Sea Harrier Direction course at Yeovilton, UK and the Naval Command Course at Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA.
Ships commanded include INS Khukri, a missile corvette, INS Ranjit, a Kashin class destroyer, and the missile destroyer INS Delhi.
Has served as the Indian Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London from March 2000 to 2003 and as Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Headquarters Western Naval Command (Mumbai) from 31 Jan 2004 to 17 Jul 2005.
Staff appointments at Naval Headquarters include Deputy Director Naval Operations, Joint Director Naval Plans, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Policy and Plans)and as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy).
He has also served as the Senior Instructor at DSSC Wellington apart from serving theEastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, one of the two operational fleet of the Indian Navy before taking over as Chief Of Staff at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam. This was followed by the appointment of the Commandant National Defence Academy, a post that he held till 30 Nov 09 before taking over as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff at IHQ, MOD(Navy), the post he held till 30 Aug 11.
As the Vice Chief, he was the officiating Chief of Naval Staff till he appointed as the Chief this morning.
To pay his respects, he will visit the Amar Jawan Jyoti at 3pm, followed by a Guard of Honour.