Vice Admiral MS Pawar, AVSM, VSM has assumed charge as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff on 30-01-2019. An alumnus of Sainik School Korukonda and the 60th course of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, he was commissioned on 01 Jul 1982.
During the ab initio training he was adjudged ‘Best all round Cadet’ and also stood first overall in the year long Sub Lieutenant Technical Courses. He later specialised in Navigation and Direction topping the coveted and highly competitive course.
The Admiral has held various challenging Staff and Command assignments during his distinguished naval career and had wide ranging experience of over 25 years in sea going billets onboard diverse platforms ranging from small ships to aircraft carrier.
He was the Navigating Officer of INS Magar during Op Pawan in Sri Lanka, the Fleet Navigating Officer of the Western Fleet during Kargil war and the Fleet Operations Officer of Western Fleet when the IN commenced anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden.