Vice Adm Kiran Deshmukh assumes charge as the Navy Chief of Materiel

Vice Admiral (Adm) Kiran Deshmukh, AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as the Chief of Materiel on 01 Jan 24.

An alumnus of VJTI, University of Mumbai, Vice Admiral Deshmukh was commissioned as an Engineer Officer into the Indian Navy on 31 March 86.

He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and is a post graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

Further, the Flag Officer has held various important appointments in the Staff, Personnel and Materiel Branch at Naval Headquarters, trial agencies, Material Organisation, Naval Dockyard and Command staff at HQENC.

He has also served onboard frontline ships of Rajput Class, Delhi Class and Teg Class in various capacities.


As a Flag Officer he has served as Assistant Chief of Materiel (Dockyards & Refits) at Naval Headquarters, Chief Staff Officer (Tech)/HQENC, Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam, Director General Naval Projects at Visakhapatnam and as Controller Warship Production & Acquisition (CWP&A) at Naval Headquarters.

It was during his tenure as CWP&A that the first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC-I) was Commissioned and achieved the historic trap of the first LCA on board indigenous aircraft carrier.

In addition, his tenure also marked the keel laying, launch and Commissioning of a number of frontline warships and submarines.

Noteworthy, in recognition of his distinguished service, the Admiral has been awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.


Vice Admiral Kiran Deshmukh, takes over as COM from Vice Adm Sandeep Naithani, AVSM, VSM who hands over the baton on completion of 39 Years of glorious service.

Well known as distinguished and a thorough professional Flag Officer of the Indian Navy.

Vice Admiral Naithani had displayed a fine combination of professional excellence and leadership to steer the Navy technically towards being future ready and emerge as a steadfast and professional support arm, ensuring that Indian Naval platforms are combat worthy and capable of undertaking full spectrum of operations.