Vice Admiral (Retd.) Pradeep Kaushiva

Vice Admiral (Retd.) Pradeep Kaushiva Former Director

Former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi

Education: Admiral Kaushiva specialised in Communications and Electronic Warfare, holds an M Sc (Telecom) degree and is a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.

Experience: The Admiral commanded Indian Naval Ships Prachand and Veer, Coast Guard Ship Vijaya and INS Ganga. His other important afloat assignments were Fleet Communications Officer, Western Fleet and Fleet Operations Officer, Eastern Fleet. At Naval Headquarters, he has been Director Naval Signals & Electronic Warfare and Director Naval Operations.  After promotion to the Flag Rank, he has been Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Information Warfare and Operations); Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla; Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command at Kochi.

On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral, he was appointed Commandant of the Naval Academy which was then under construction at Ezhimala, Kerala. He retired after 40 years of naval service as the Commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi.

Admiral Kaushiva takes keen interest in maritime affairs and strategic issues, and has been participating in seminars, discussions and dialogues on related matters in India and abroad. He was Director of India’s premier maritime think tank the National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi from 01 Aug 2011 to 31 Jul 2014. He was also the Founding Chairman of Oceans Beyond Piracy- India Working Group, a project of the NGO One Earth Future Foundation.

He was awarded Commendation by the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command in 1971 and decorated by the President with Vishist Seva Medal in 1993 and Uttam Yudh Seva Medal in 1997 for distinguished service of exceptional order.

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