Admiral L Ramdas, PVSM,AVSM,VrC,VSM,ADC
Chief of the Naval Staff
(01 Dec 1990 , 29 Sep 1993)
Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, Chief of the Naval Staff was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 1 Sept 1953 after training at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England. A Communication specialist, Admiral Ramdas underwent Royal Naval Staff College at England and as a Commander he established and commanded the Naval Academy at Cochin where he distinguished himself for which he was awarded Vishisht Seva Medal.
During 1971 Operations while in command of INS Beas Admiral Ramdas took part in the most effective Naval Blockade of East Pakistan which frustrated the Pakistans attempt to evacuate 91,000 of their troops who eventually surrendered to the Indian Forces, and captured a large number of ships carrying contraband to that country, bombarded Cox Bazar and took part in the landing and other operations in an area infested with enemy mines and under-water threats. For his resolute, bold, gallant and imaginative action in the face of great danger Admiral Ramdas was decorated with the Vir Chakra. He latter commanded one of the most modern Patrol Vessel Squadron of the Indian Navy.
He served as Naval AttachÃ© in Germany for 3 years. He held the appointments of Director of Personnel, Director of Naval Signals and Director of Naval Operations at the Naval Headquarters. Other notable appointments he held were Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command.
Prior to his Taking over as Chief of the Naval Staff in November 1990, he was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command which appointment he held since Feb 1989. A distinguished sportsman, an enthusiast of sailing and adventure activities, he promoted sports and adventure activities in the Navy to a great extent. He is a recipient of PVSM and AVSM in addition to Vir Chakra and VSM.
Married to Lalita Katari, Admiral Ramdas has three daughters. His interests include history, golf, cricket and yachting.
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