President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi (63) as the new Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Born on 4 July 1954, Devendra Kumar Joshi was the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy and is a specialist in anti-submarine warfare.

Alongside Devendra Kumar Joshi, President Ram Nath Kovind also appointed new Governors for Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Meghalaya. The appointments will come into effect from the date the incumbents assume charge of the new posts, President’s office said in an official statement.

Academic history of new Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Devendra Kumar Joshi

Devendra Kumar Joshi graduated from the naval academy, the Naval War College, USA. He also went to The College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai, and the National Defence College, New Delhi

Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi’s Navy tenure, awards, and medals

  • Devendra Kumar Joshi during his entire navy tenure was awarded various medals. The Navy officer was awarded Nausena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal and Yudh Seva Medal. Devendra Joshi was glorified further during his career after he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) for commanding the Eastern Fleet.
  • Serving in a variety of command, staff, and instructional appointments, his commands included guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. Joshi provided his services in the Integrated Headquarters in all nodal branches after he was elevation to Flag rank.
  • Devendra Kumar Joshi had also served in inter-service integration, initially as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, before he took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command in 2011. Joshi was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal during for serving as here.
  • Devendra Kumar Joshi also served as the Defence adviser at the Indian High Commission in Singapore from the year 1996-99. 

However, after a fire aboard Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuratna, an incident which took place on 26 February 2014, Joshi offered his resignation.