Vice Admiral AR Karve has assumed charge as the Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters w.e.f 24 Aug 15. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 80. After his initial sea appointments, he completed his specialization in Anti-Submarine Warfare in 1986 and has served onboard various frontline fleet ships. He has been the commissioning crew of INS Viraat (ex-HMS Hermes, the aircraft carrier which he subsequently commanded) and has undergone training at UK. During his 35 years of distinguished service he has held various important operational and staff appointments, both ashore and afloat.
As a Captain, he commanded the aircraft carrier INS Viraat and the guided missile destroyer INS Ranvijay. His other Commands at sea include INS Dunagiri (frigate) and INS Ajay (ASW patrol vessel). Other key operational appointments held by him include Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer (Western Fleet), Command Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer (Western Naval Command) and Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Western Naval Command. He has also served as an instructor in Anti-Submarine Warfare School, Kochi and as Directing Staff at the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington. A graduate of DSSC Wellington, he completed the Naval Higher Command Course from College of Naval Warfare at Mumbai, and did post-graduation in National Security and Strategy from the National Defence University, Washington DC (USA).
He has also held other important assignments such as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Information Warfare & Operations) for three and half years at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy), New Delhi, the Flag Officer Commanding of Western Fleet for seventeen months and Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command for two years at Mumbai. For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) on 26 Jan 13.