Sushil Kumar (admiral)

Sushil Kumar (Admiral)

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Admiral Sushil Kumar, (Tamil: சுஷில் குமார் இசாக்ஸ்) a Nagercoilite Christian from Tamil Nadu, was a Chief of Naval Staff in the Indian Navy. His christian surname is Isaacs which he dropped as not to confuse his initial with his brother who is also in the Service. He is often said to instruct his men with a quote from the Holy Gita "Do thy duty, reward is not thy concern'". He is one among the many Christian chiefs of staff of the armed forces of India, which includes distinguished officers such as fellow Nagercoilite, Admiral Oscar Stanley Dawson, Air Chief Marshal Denis La Fontaine and General Sunith Francis Rodrigues.

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Admiral Sushil Kumar assumed charge of the Indian Navy, as the 16th Chief of Naval Staff, on 30 December 1998. A specialist in hydrography and amphibious warfare, he is also a qualified air warfare instructor. He has participated in the 1961 Goa Liberation and in both the Indo-Pakistan Wars of 1965 and 1971. As Director of Naval Operations, he was decorated with an Uttam Yudh Seva Medal for his exceptional conduct in Operation Pawan and in Operation Cactus . He was awarded the Naosena Medal (NM) for gallantry whilst in command of INS Ghorpad. He is an alumnus of the National Defence College and was an instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. His training abroad includes a deputation to the...
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