Vice Admiral P. Ajit Kumar, Commandant of Indian Naval Academy, (INA Ezhimala) can genuinely boast of an illustrious naval career.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and Sainik School Kazhakootam, he is a missile and gunnery specialist. Former Chief of Staff of Southern Naval Command, Vice admiral Ajit Kumar’s sea tenures include commands of several frontline warships of the Navy, including stealth frigate INS Talwar and destroyers INS Mumbai and INS Mysore, culminating in the command of Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy based in Visakhapatnam. Among the professional courses he underwent is a strategy and policy course from the Naval War College, Newport, USA.
The Admiral’s important shore tenures include Assistant Chief of Personnel of the Navy as well as the Chief Staff Operations of Western Naval Command. He has also commanded INS Dronacharya, Navy’s missile and gunnery school, in Kochi. In recognition of his contributions to Indian Navy, he has been honoured with Vishisht Seva Medal.
In an exclusive interview to Safety Messenger, he speaks out on the quality of education and training imparted to cadets and the vision of the Academy, besides a host of other issues. Excerpts……
(Read the full part of this interview from the March issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)