Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi, AVSM, NM
Flag Officer Commanding –in-Chief
About Chairman LBA:
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, and the Presidents Gold medal awardee, Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 July 1985. An Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist, the Flag Officer has commanded three ships - stealth frigate ‘Talwar’, Landing Ship Tank (Large) ‘Magar’ and missile vessel ‘Nashak’. His Command tenures ashore include Commandant, National Coast Guard, Mauritius as well as Commandant Naval Academy and Commanding Officer of INS Mandovi. He has also tenanted the appointment of Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of missile corvette ‘Khukri’. His staff appointments ashore include tenures as Staff Officer (ASW) at Local Work-up Team (West), Joint Director at the Directorate of Personnel, Naval Assistant to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Senior Directing Staff at Naval War College and Principal Director at the Directorate of Staff Requirements. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College (Wellington), the Naval War College (Mumbai) and the National Defence College, in all of which he bagged top honours. On elevation to Flag rank, the Flag Officer held important staff appointments as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development) at Naval Headquarters and the Flag Officer Sea Training. He subsequently commanded the Western Fleet from January 2018 to March 2019. On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral in March 2019, he was appointed as the Director General Naval Operations. He then served as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy from July 2020 to November 2021. Vice Admiral MA Hampiholi assumed command of the Southern Naval Command as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command on 30 November 2021. He was awarded the Nao Sena Medal in 2011 and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2019.