Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

Vice Admiral Luthra, a specialist in Navigation and Direction and an alumnus of National Defence Academy, has very rich operational and staff experience over a career spanning three and a half decades. He has served as Navigating Officer of INS Betwa (Frigate), INS Dunagiri (Frigate), INS Gomati (Frigate) and INS Viraat (Aircraft Carrier). During his illustrious career, he commanded three frontline warships namely, INS Khukri (Corvette), INS Talwar (Frigate) and INS Viraat (Aircraft Carrier).  He is also an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Naval War College, USA.

He has held important staff appointments such as Deputy Naval Attaché to High Commission of India, London, Fleet Navigating Officer of the Western Fleet, Command Plans Officer Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, Principal Director Naval Plans and Asst Chief of Naval Staff (Policy & Plans). He has also been the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Director General of Naval Operations and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations). He was Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi, prior to his appointment as the C-in-C of the Western Naval Command.

Vice Admiral Luthra is a recipient of Athi Vishist Seva Medal and Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service.