Defence Forces

Defence Forces

Bipin Chandra Joshi

General Bipin Chandra Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, ADC (5 December 1935 – 19 November 1994) was the 17th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army. He was born in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.


  1. Commissioned in December 1954 into the 64 Cavalry Regiment, Indian Army Armoured Corps.
  2. Commanded an armoured regiment in the Western Sector during the 1971 Indo-Pak operations. He also commanded an Independent Armoured Brigade and an Infantry Division.
  3. Military Advisor in Australia from May 1973 to October 1976.
  4. Staff officer in the UN Force in Gaza.
  5. Brigadier General Staff in a Corps Headquarters.
  6. Commanded a Corps in the Eastern Sector.
  7. General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Command.
  8. Additional Director General of Perspective Planning (ADG PP) & Director General Military Operations (DGMO) at the Army Headquarters.
  9. Three tenures as an instructor in the Armoured Corps Centre and School, Ahmednagar.
  10. Directed Staff in the College of Combat, Mhow.
  11. Established the Army Institute of Technology in Pune (Engineering College), Maharashtra in August 1994 for the wards of defence personnel, either in service or retired.

General Joshi also became Colonel of the Regiment (a ceremonial military patron’s post) for the 64 Cavalry later in his career.


General B. C. Joshi has been a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service of the most exceptional order.


General B. C. Joshi died off a cardiac arrest in New Delhi Military Hospital on 19 November 1994.He was due to retire in 1995. He is the only Chief of Indian Army who died in harness.

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi

Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC, (born 4 July 1954) was the 21st Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, having assumed office on 31 August 2012. He is a specialist in anti-submarine warfare. He resigned on 26 February 2014, taking responsibility for a series of accidents, thus becoming the first Indian Navy Chief to resign.He is currently the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


Joshi has served in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. His commands at sea include guided missile corvette INS Kuthar, guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, during which he was awarded Nausena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal and Yudh Seva Medal respectively. He subsequently commanded the Eastern Fleet, wherein he was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM). After his elevation to Flag rank, Joshi served in the Integrated Headquarters in all nodal branches. He served in the Personnel Branch as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development), in Warship Production and Acquisition as the Assistant Controller of the Aircraft Carrier Programme (ACACP), 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.

Before taking over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command in 2011, he contributed towards inter-service integration, first as the Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the only tri-service integrated command. He was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal during this time. Later, he served as the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC). Adm. Joshi was also the Defence Advisor in the Indian High Commission at Singapore from 1996 to 1999.

Adm. Joshi resigned following a fire aboard Kilo-class submarine INS Sindhuratna on 26 February 2014.The Times Of India wrote that Admiral D. K. Joshi, who was to serve as the navy chief till August 2015, “was a hard taskmaster who always ran tight ships. He was unforgiving as a commanding officer wherever he served, tightening screws wherever he went.” Many naval officers felt that he had lived up to his own exacting standards by resigning.


Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Yudh Seva Medal
Nausena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal
Paschimi Star
Operation Vijay Star
Sangram Medal
Operation Vijay Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

Early life
Joshi was born in Almora, in Uttarakhand. In an interview with Doordarshan, when asked why he had chosen to join the Navy, he replied, “I think it was the lure of the seas, the pull of the unknown…we belonged to the hills. Of the land, the hilly terrains, one had seen enough!” As he also said in the same interview, “…from both my father’s side and my mother’s side, for seven generations nobody had been in the services. Therefore, they [my parents] had not even thought of the armed forces as a career option. However, once I had made up my mind, they were fully supportive.”He graduated from the naval academy, the Naval War College, USA, the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai, and the National Defence College, New Delhi.

Personal life
He is married to Chitra Joshi and the couple has two daughters.