Now, Vice Admiral R K Dhowan, who was the current Vice Chief, will take over the position after a 50 day suspense since February 26.
Sources say that the decision superseded Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha who should have ideally succeeded Joshi. Inside sources believe that Sinha may resign now as he may have to face working under a junior service officer.
Sinha was to retire in August. It is believed that the multiple accidents, including the Kilo class submarine fleet, that took place last year came under the Western Command led by Sinha may have tilted the preference of the ministry.
Dhowan was commissioned in the Navy on Jan 01, 1975. A navigation and direction specialist, Dhowan served in various positions of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments through his exemplary career spanning 40 years.
He was also responsible for handling warships INS Khukri, INS Ranjit, INS Delhi and served as Chief Staff Officer (Operations) Headquarters Western Naval Command.
He has also served as Indian Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London. He also commanded the Eastern Fleet as Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and served as the Chief of Staff at Headquarters Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam.
He also has the distinction of commanding the prestigious ‘National Defence Academy', his alma mater as the Commandant.