A short Note On Vice Admiral V A Kamath, PVSM - the founding Director General of the Indian Coast Guard

he other to cadets later joined the Pakistan Navy and rose to become its Commander-in-Chief - Afzal Rahman Khan and Syed Mohammad Ahsan. After joining the RIN, Kamath was trained in the United Kingdom. Vasudeva Anant Kamath was tra.. ved as the 4th Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) from 1973 to 1977, the longest tenure in the Indian Navy's history.

A short Note On Vice Admiral V A Kamath, PVSM - the founding Director General of the Indian Coast Guard

Vice Admiral Vasudeva Anant Kamath, PVSM (1921-2017) was a former Flag officer in the Indian Navy. He was the founding Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard, which he led from 1978 to 1980.

He also served as the 4th Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) from 1973 to 1977, the longest tenure in the Indian Navy's history. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, he led the Southern Naval Area, for which he was awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

The early life of Vasudeva Anant Kamath

Kamath was born in 1921 to Dr A V Kamath, a doctor working for the government of Madras Presidency. Vasudeva Anant Kamath was the oldest of nine children - five boys and four girls.

Two of the brothers joined the Indian Navy while another joined the Indian Air Force, retiring as a Wing Commander. The other two brothers joined the Merchant navy and the Indian Railways.

The early career of Vasudeva Anant Kamath

Kamath joined the Indian Mercantile Marine Training Ship (IMMTS) Dufferin as a cadet in 1936. In December 1938, he was one of three cadets selected to join the Royal Indian Navy (RIN).

The other to cadets later joined the Pakistan Navy and rose to become its Commander-in-Chief - Afzal Rahman Khan and Syed Mohammad Ahsan. After joining the RIN, Kamath was trained in the United Kingdom.

Vasudeva Anant Kamath was trained on the Hawkins-class cruiser HMS Frobisher (D81) and then on HMS Vindictive (1918).