Admiral Joshi Resigned Taking Responsibility for Mishaps

A day after resigning as Navy Chief, Admiral D K Joshi today wrote to his colleagues, saying  he was \"firm\" on taking responsibility for the mishaps that  have taken place.

Published: 27th February 2014 04:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2014 05:46 PM   |  A+A-


A day after resigning as Navy Chief, Admiral D K Joshi today wrote to his colleagues, saying  he was "firm" on taking responsibility for the mishaps that  have taken place.       

"I consulted only myself and my wife before taking the decision to resign. After the submarine mishap, I was firm  that I should take the responsibility for it," he said in his  internal message to senior officers of the Navy.       

Taking "moral responsibility", Joshi submitted his resignation yesterday, hours after fire and smoke on submarine  INS Sindhuratna in which two officers died and seven sailors  were taken seriously ill.       

In his resignation letter, Joshi said though the government continued to repose faith is his capabilities, it was becoming untenable for him to continue as the head of the maritime force in terms of accountability.       

His resignation was promptly accepted by Defence Minister A K Antony and Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral R K Dhowan was asked to take over as the Acting Chief till regular Chief is appointed. 

In the wake of the latest incident, which has dealt a severe blow to the Navy, questions have been raised on the safety of its Submarine Fleet.   

Joshi, who became the first chief of the Navy to resign  over accidents, had about 15 months more left in service.      

After the Navy was hit by the 10th mishap yesterday  involving its warships in the last seven months, a concerned  Defence Ministry had sought a detailed report from the force.       

Joshi served in a variety of Command, Staff and  Instructional appointments during his 41-year career including  the captainship of guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided  missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS  Viraat.           

In senior ranks, Joshi served as Assistant Chief of  Personnel (Human Resource Development), in Warship Production  and Acquisition as the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft  Carrier Programme (ACCP), and thereafter in the Operations  Branch both as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Information  Warfare and Operations) and as the Deputy Chief of Naval  Staff.   

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