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Admiral Sudhir Pillai


Admiral Sudhir Pillai was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1980.  He is graduate of India’s National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College, the College of Naval Warfare, and the National Defence College, New Delhi. He has an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies and is a Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii.

Having specialised as a Naval Aviator and a Qualified Flying Instructor, he was fully operational on the Alouette III and all variants of the Seaking helicopters operating from ashore and afloat.

He has held a variety of operational assignments at sea and ashore, which include commands of an Indian Coast Guard  Patrol Vessel, the Seaking 42C Marine Commando Flight, an Indian Naval  Frigate, two Guided Missile Destroyers and a Naval Air Station. He has also been the Executive Officer of a Guided Missile Frigate.

Naval Aviation staff experience includes tenures as Director Naval Air Staff and Chief Staff Officer (Air) Headquarters Naval Aviation. These assignments have involved perspective planning/acquisition experiences and 360-degree aviation management.

As an Admiral in the Indian Navy,  he has served as Flag Officer Naval Aviation, as Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area, as Chief of Staff at the joint HQ Andaman & Nicobar Command and as Chief Instructor (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India.

Besides specialist domain expertise, the Admiral has had a significant association with Professional Military Education.  In instructional tenures of over five years, the Admiral has focussed on furthering the education of middle-level international military officers with an increasing focus on the Operational Level.  In this, his joint-service experience has been of value, as India seeks closer integration of the Armed Forces and the civil-military interface.

He has engaged with academia in seminars, universities, at the Naval War College, and, has written variously on military, maritime and aviation issues. His focus areas have been on acquisition and indigenisation strategies, technological complexity, joint/integrated command, control and organisational design.

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