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R K Dhowan takes over as Navy Chief, superseded Shekhar Sinha resigns

Sources said Sinha sent his resignation to the defence ministry, seeking early retirement due to “personal” reasons.

Written by Manu Pubby | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2014 8:34:40 am
Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan is the new chief of the Indian Navy. Vice Admiral Robin Dhowan is the new chief of the Indian Navy.

Western Navy commander Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, it is learnt, has put in his papers and sought voluntary retirement after Vice Admiral R K Dhowan superseded him and took over as the Chief of Naval Staff Thursday.

Sources said Sinha sent his resignation to the defence ministry, seeking early retirement due to “personal” reasons.

The resignation is likely to be accepted by the ministry that had decided to overlook the officer since a majority of the incidents that led to previous Navy chief Admiral D K Joshi’s exit occurred during Sinha’s tenure as the Western Command chief, including two fatal accidents that hit the submarine fleet.

Joshi quit on February 26 following a spate of accidents that raised serious questions on the Navy’s safety record.

Dhowan, who was Vice Chief of Naval Staff, is the first officer in decades to supersede a senior to the post of an armed forces chief and will have a term of just over two years. After taking over, the officer said he will ensure that no shortcuts are taken that can lead to accidents.

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