REAR ADMIRAL KRISHNA SWAMINATHAN, AVSM, VSM
FLAG OFFICER OFFSHORE DEFENCE ADVISORY GROUP
Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, AVSM, VSM assumed charge as Flag Officer Offshore Defence Advisory Group and Advisor Offshore Security and Defence to the Government of India on 26 Feb 21.
Commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 87, Admiral Swaminathan is a specialist in Communication and Electronic Warfare and an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla; the Joint Services Command and Staff College, Shrivenham, United Kingdom; the College of Naval Warfare, Karanja; and the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.
A recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal, the Admiral has held several key operational, staff and training appointments in his naval career including the command of five frontline ships: missile vessels INS Vidyut and Vinash; missile corvette INS Kulish; guided missile destroyer INS Mysore; and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
On promotion to the Flag rank, he served as the Chief Staff Officer (Training) at Headquarters Southern Naval Command, Kochi and played a key role in the conduct of all training in the Indian Navy. He was also instrumental in raising the Indian Navy Safety Team that oversees operational safety across all verticals of the Navy. He thereafter headed the work up organisation of the Navy as the Flag Officer Sea Training. Prior to assuming his current assignment, he tenanted the hugely prestigious and challenging appointment of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet.
Admiral Swaminathan’s educational qualifications include a BSc degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; a PG Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from Xavier Institute of Management, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai; MSc in Telecommunications from the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi; MA in Defence Studies from King’s College, London; MPhil in Strategic Studies from the Mumbai University; and PhD in International Studies from the Mumbai University.