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Robin K. Dhowan

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Chief of Naval Staff

Commandant, National Defence Academy
INS Delhi
INS Ranjit
INS Khukri Awards Param Vishist Seva Medal
Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal Spouses Minu Dhowan

Admiral Rabinder "Robin" Kumar Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC was the 22nd Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy He assumed office on 17 April 2014, succeeding Admiral DK Joshi

He previously served as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff from August 2011 to April 2014


  • 1 Military career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 References

Military career

Admiral Mathur second-to-left, with Defence Secretary Radha Krishna Mathur extreme left

Admiral Dhowan was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 January 1975 after graduating from the National Defence Academy 45th Course, Charlie squadron

He was honoured with a "telescope" for being the "Best Cadet", and was later awarded the 'Sword of Honour' on completion of his midshipman training

He is a "Navigation and Direction" specialist; and during his career he has commanded the missile corvette INS Khukri, and guided missile destroyers INS Ranjit and INS Delhi

After his elevation to flag rank, he served in various staff and instructional assignmentsHe was the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Policy and Plans in the Integrated Headquarters Navy and then commanded the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding

He also served as the Chief of Staff at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam and the Chief Staff Officer Operations at the Western Naval Command

From 2002 to 2005, he was the Naval Adviser in the Indian High Commission at London

He then took charge as the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, and later served as a Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

He was appointed as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff in August 2011

He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Defence Services Staff College, and Naval War College, Rhode Island, USA, and has completed the Sea Harrier Direction course in the UK

Personal life

Dhowan with Minu Dhowan right and S Ramsay, editor of Quarterdeck magazine, 22 February 2015

Admiral Dhowan is married to Minu Dhowan, and the couple have a daughter and two sons

He enjoys playing golf and yachting


Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Yudh Seva Medal Special Service Medal Operation Vijay Medal
Operation Vijay Star Operation Parakram Medal Videsh Seva Medal 50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal 30 Years Long Service Medal 20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal


  1. ^ Robin Dhowan takes over as Navy chief The Times of India
  2. ^ MoD moves files for appointing R K Dhowan as new Navy Chief The Indian Express
  3. ^ a b "Admiral RK Dhowan appointed new Navy chief" The Hindu 18 April 2014 Retrieved 18 April 2014 
  4. ^ a b c d "Meet Robin K Dhowan, India's new Navy Chief" NDTV 18 April 2014 Retrieved 18 April 2014 
  5. ^ "RK Dhowan assumes charge as Naval Vice-Chief" The Hindu September 1, 2011 Retrieved January 27, 2016 
  6. ^ a b "Admiral Robin Dhowan is new Chief of Naval Staff" Indian Navy Retrieved 18 April 2014 
Military offices
Preceded by
Devendra Kumar Joshi
Chief of the Naval Staff
2014 to 2016
Succeeded by
Sunil Lanba
Preceded by
D K Dewan
Vice Chief of Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Sunil Lanba

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