Vijai Singh Shekhawat


V S Shekhawat

Born5 September 1933
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Years of service1956 - 1996
RankIN Admiral Shoulder curl.png 14-Indian Navy-ADM.svg Admiral
Commands heldEastern Navy
Western Fleet
INS Himgiri
INS Karanj
INS Kalvari
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishist Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishist Seva Medal
Vir Chakra ribbon bar.svg Vir Chakra
Spouse(s)Binu Shekhawat

Admiral Vijai Singh Shekhawat, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC is a former Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He was 15th Chief of Naval Staff and served as Navy Chief from September-30 1993 to September-30 1996.[1]

Early life and education

Shekhawat attended the St. Joseph's Academy and Colonel Brown Cambridge School in Dehradun, Bishop Cotton Boys' School in Bangalore, and St Joseph's College in Darjeeling. He later attended the National Defence Academy in Maharashtra and the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Shekhawat was selected for the Joint Services Wing of the National Defence Academy (NDA) in 1952, and was awarded the President Gold Medal for the best all-round cadet in December 1953. He was commissioned in 1956.[2]

Naval career

Early career

Shekhawat received submarine training in the UK from 1963–1964 and the USSR from 1966–1967, He served as Executive and Commanding Officer for several submarines, including the INS Kalvari and the INS Karanj, which he commissioned and sailed from the Baltic Sea to India. He received the Vir Chakra gallantry award for his service as commander of the Karanj during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[1]

Vir Chakra

The citation for the Vir Chakra reads as follows:[3][4]

Gazette Notification: 86 Pres/72 15-7-72

Operation: 1971




During the operations against Pakistan in December 1971, Commander Vijai Singh Shekhawat was the commanding officer of an Indian naval submarine. Despite the fact that the patrol duties of his ship were such that he was under constant surveillance by enemy air and surface forces, he continued to carry out his hazardous patrol and thereby posed a constant underwater threat to the enemy.

His probes of the near approaches to Karachi obtained vital information for the Indian Navy. Throughout, Commander Shekhawat displayed gallantry, leadership and professional skill of a high order.

Promoted to substantive commander on 31 December 1971,[5] Shekhawat served as director of the Indian Navy Submarine Arm from 1975 to 1977. After attending the US Naval War College from 1977 to 1978, Shekhawat was promoted captain on 1 July 1978,[6] and served from 1979 to 1981 as the Chief Instructor at the National Defence Academy.[1]

Flag Rank

Shekhawat was promoted to acting Rear Admiral on 21 June 1984 (substantive from 30 June),[7] and served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff.[8] He was given command of the Western Fleet during Operation Brasstacks. He was promoted Vice Admiral on 8 August 1988,[9] with appointment as Director General of the tri-service Defence Planning Staff. and obtained the rank of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in December 1990. In 1992, Shekhawat was promoted to the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, and in September 1993 he was again promoted to Chief of the Naval Staff.[2]

Shekhawat retired in 1996.[2] Admiral Shekhawat is married to Mrs. Binu Shekhawat and has two sons, one of which is a pilot with the Indian Navy.[1]

Awards and decorations

Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vir Chakra Samar Seva Star
Poorvi Star Paschimi Star Raksha Medal Sangram Medal
25th Independence Anniversary Medal 30 Years Long Service Medal 20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal


  1. ^ a b c d "Admiral Vijai Singh Shekhawat". Bahara Rakshak. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Abidi, S. Sartaj Alam; Sharma, Satinder (2007). Services Chiefs of India. Northern Book Centre. p. 127. ISBN 9788172111625. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ "VS SHEKHAWAT | Gallantry Awards".
  4. ^ "Vir Chakra (VrC), Awardee: Adm Vijai Singh Shekhawat, PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC @ TWDI".
  5. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Navy Branch)" (PDF). The Gazette of India. 23 September 1972. p. 1422.
  6. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Navy Branch)". The Gazette of India. 14 July 1979. p. 642.
  7. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Navy Branch)". The Gazette of India. 13 April 1985. p. 509.
  8. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Navy Branch)". The Gazette of India. 12 July 1986. p. 1062.
  9. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Navy Branch)". The Gazette of India. 12 June 1993. p. 1077.

Military offices
Preceded by
S C Chopra
Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet
Succeeded by
Preceded by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command
Succeeded by
B Guha
Preceded by
S P Govil
Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
S K Chand
Preceded by Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
Succeeded by