The Navy has relaxed rules for promotion of officers to the rank of Captain by giving them a `one time dispensation` from the mandatory requirement of spending one year at sea, and the beneficiaries are likely to include a key aide of Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan.
Taking over from a predecessor who had quit midway owing to a series of mishaps, Navy Chief Admiral Robin Dhowan on Thursday said the force will ensure that such accidents do not happen in future and personnel follow laid down rules without resorting to shortcuts which lead to such incidents.
Vice Admiral Robin K Dhowan is most likely to be the next chief of the Indian Navy with reports on Wednesday suggesting that the Defence Ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the coveted post.
The Model Code of Conduct is not applicable to any matter relating "directly" to the armed forces, including promotion, recruitment or purchase, the Election Commission ruled on Saturday, days after Defence Minister A K Antony referred to it the appointment of new Navy Chief.
Just weeks before Indian Navy`s most modern destroyer, INS Kolkata, was to be commissioned, the warship was hit by an accident at the Mazgaon Dockyard in Mumbai on Friday claiming the life of a Commander and hospitalisation of two dockyard employees.
Close on the heels of Defence Minister AK Antony pulling it up over the sinking of submarine INS Sindhrakshak, the Navy today said its record was "not all that bad" in terms of accidents when compared to other navies in the world.
In the wake of reports about Chinese hackers allegedly penetrating Naval files, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral DK Joshi said there is so far no evidence of any `intentional` transfer of files to anybody.