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Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, Former Indian Navy Chief, Dies At 90

Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, the former Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy (1990-1993), breathed his last peacefully at the age of 90 on March 15 morning, at the Military Hospital, Secunderabad, Telangana. His demise marks the end of an era in the Indian armed forces, leaving behind a legacy of valor, integrity, and unwavering commitment to principles.

Early Life and Career

  • Born on September 5, 1933, in Matunga, Bombay.
  • Inspired by duty and patriotism, joined Armed Forces Academy in Dehradun in 1949.
  • Commissioned in the Indian Navy in September 1953 as a communications specialist.

A Legacy of Milestones and Leadership

  • Established Naval Academy in Cochin.
  • Commanded INS Beas during the 1971 India-Pakistan war.
  • Served as Indian Naval Attache in Bonn, West Germany (1973-76).
  • Held positions of Fleet Commander of Eastern Naval Command and commander of Southern and Eastern Naval Commands.
  • Admirable leadership earned him respect and accolades from peers and subordinates.
  • Became the 13th Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) on November 30, 1990.
  • Advocated for gender equality, pioneering the induction of women into the Indian Navy during his tenure.

Life After Retirement

  • After retirement, he settled in Bhaimala, Alibag, Maharashtra, focusing on environmental conservation, organic farming, and social causes alongside his wife, Lalita Ramdas.
  • He upheld constitutional values and secularism, reminding the armed forces of their oath to defend the Indian Constitution. He advocated for duty and responsibility among citizens and leaders alike.

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