1. VAdm R Hari Kumar was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1983 and specialized as a Gunnery Officer in 1989. Flag Officer has commanded Coast Guard Ship, Missile Boat, Corvette, Destroyer and Aircraft Carrier. His other sea-going appointments include Fleet Operations Officer and Fleet Gunnery Officer of Western Fleet, Executive Officer of Missile Boat, Gunnery Officer of Destroyer, commissioning Gunnery Officer of Corvette and commissioning GO VIII of Destroyer. His ashore appointments include Command Gunnery Officer at HQ Western Naval Command, Naval Advisor to Government of Seychelles, Training Commander INS Dronacharya. His Flag appointments include Commandant of Naval War College at Goa, Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Chief of Staff at Western Naval Command, Controller Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at NHQ.
2. He served in the Civil- Military Operations Centre of UN Mission in Somalia (UNOSOM II) at Mogadishu. He attended the US Naval Staff Course at Naval War College, Rhode Island, Army Higher Command Course at AWC, Mhow and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London. He holds a B.Sc. from JNU, MA (International Studies) from Kings College, London, MPhil (Defence & Strategic Studies) from Mumbai University and PG Diploma in Shipping Management from Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping, Mumbai.
3. He was awarded the Vishist Seva Medal in 2010 and Ati Vishist Seva Medal in 2016 and Param Vishisht Seva Medal in 2021.