Commodore Deepak Kumar, VSM has taken over as the Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy and Station Commander, Kochi Area. He is the 45th Commanding Officer of the 77-year-old establishment that provides administrative support to the Naval units in and around Kochi.
Cmde Deepak Kumar is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Brazil and National Defence College, New Delhi. He is a Navigation and Direction (ND) specialist and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 89. He has commanded IN ships Kakinada, Krishna, Beas and Betwa, besides being the Naval Component Commander (NAVCC) at Port Blair and Chief Staff Officer (Ops), Southern Naval Command. Prior to taking over as CO, Venduruthy, he was the Director, Maritime Warfare Centre, Vizag.
He succeeds Cmde N Anil Jose Joseph, VSM who was in command of INS Venduruthy for over two years and retired from the Navy on completion of 35 years of active service.