Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on Monday.
G Ashok Kumar is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakyasla, Pune.
He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff college, Wellington.
Also, he has attended the Army Higher Command Course at Mhow as well as the Expeditionary Operations Course at Quantico, Virginia, USA.
In his previous years, he has been assigned various changeling assignments.
Before this he has served as the Navigating Officer of Indian Naval Ships Beas, Nilgiri, Ranvir and Vikrant. Apart from these, he has also served as Commanding Officer of INS Kulish and Ranvir and Executive Officer onboard INS Brahamputra.
Apart from these sea tenures his shore tenures include include Staff officer (Ops/ND) at Indian Naval Work-up team, Head of Training Team (Navy) at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and as Defence Advisor at the High Commission of India in Singapore. He has also been the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) of the Western Naval Command. On promotion to Flag rank, he has held the important assignments of Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST), Chief of Staff (COS) of Southern Naval Command and Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat (FOMAG). In the rank of Vice Admiral he has been the Commandant of the National Defence Academy, Pune.