He has the unique distinction of commanding two out of three largest Indian Naval Hospitals, namely INHS Asvini and INHS Sanjivani
Surg Vice Admiral Naveen Chawla, VSM has assumed appointment of Director General Medical Services (Navy) on January 28. Prior to assuming the present appointment, the Flag Officer was the Director General Hospital Services (AF) in the office of DGAFMS.
An alumnus of Armed Forces Medical College, Pune he was commissioned on December 17, 1983 in the Armed Forces Medical Services. During his 37 years of service, the Flag Officer has held numerous important administrative and staff appointments like Director General Hospital Services (Armed Forces), Command Medical Officer, HQWNC and Executive Officer, INHS Asvini. He has the unique distinction of commanding two out of three of the largest Indian Naval Hospitals, namely INHS Asvini and INHS Sanjivani.
The Flag Officer has served on several afloat platforms including Fleet Medical Officer of the Eastern Fleet. As per a PIB release, he is a renowned teacher and in addition to being a Professor of Pathology is also an MD examiner at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences.
For his dedication and devotion to the service, the Flag Officer was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2015.