The Government has appointed Vice Admiral DK Joshi, presently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from afternoon of August 31, 2012. The present Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral NK Verma retires from service then. Born on July 4, 1954 Vice Admiral Joshi was commissioned on April 1, 1974 in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.
Married to Chitra Joshi, the couple has two daughters. During his 38 years with the Navy, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Joshi is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, USA, an alumnus of the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi. He was Defence Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999.