Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
|Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani|
|Born||May 12, 1930|
|Years of service||1950–1987|
|Commands held||Chief of the Naval Staff
FOC-IN-C, Western Naval Command
FOC-IN-C, Southern Naval Command
Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet
Flag Officer, Goa Area
INS Vikrant (R11)
INS Trishul (1960)
|Battles/wars||Liberation of Goa
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
|Awards||Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Param Vishisht Seva Medal
|Other work||Governor of Sikkim
Chairman, Transparency International India
Board member, Transparency International
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani (born May 12, 1930) is a retired Indian Navy admiral who served as the 13th Chief of the Naval Staff from December 1, 1984 until November 30, 1987. His prior commands included those as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C) of the Western Naval Command, FOC-IN-C of the Southern Naval Command and Flag Officer Commanding of the Western Fleet (FOCWF). A carrier-based aircraft pilot, he also served as the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant (R11).
Tahiliani was commissioned into the Indian Navy on September 1, 1950. He joined the Indian Naval Air Arm and qualified as a pilot for carrier-based aircraft. He is a graduate of the Naval War College, United States and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He also qualified as a test pilot.
He was the first naval pilot to land an aircraft on the deck of INS Vikrant (R11), when he landed his Hawker Sea Hawk fighter on 18 May 1961. He served as a carrier-based strike pilot on board INS Vikrant, and later commanded its carrier borne squadron during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
Later, he served as the commanding officer of INS Trishul (1960) and INS Vikrant.
In December 1977, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and appointed Flag Officer, Goa Area (FOGA). Later, he was appointed the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Fleet (FOCWF).
His next appointment was as Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (ACNS) at Naval Headquarters (NHQ). This was followed by appointment as the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS). He was promoted to Vice Admiral while in this office.
In February 1982, then Vice Admiral, Tahiliani was appointed the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C), Southern Naval Command.
In March 1983, he was appointed the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. In May 1984, he was appointed the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS).
On December 1, 1984, he took over as the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of the Indian Navy.
Admiral Tahiliani retired from the Indian Navy on November 30, 1987.
Admiral Tahiliani served as the Governor of Sikkim between February 8, 1990 and September 20, 1994.
He helped launch the India chapter of Transparency International as a founder member in 1997. He served as the chairman of the India chapter practically from its founding until 2010.
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- "Organisation of Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence". Indian Navy. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
- "TI's Annual General Meeting elects new board members from Zimbabwe, Argentina, UK and India". Transparency International. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
- "Designs on the bride". India Today. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
Oscar Stanley Dawson
|Chief of the Naval Staff
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