Tally-HoNew Delhi. Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2015. Former Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani (Retd)passed away today 14 Oct 15, in New Delhi.  Born on 12 May 1930, the Admiral was commissioned in the Navy on 01 Sep 50 and served as the 11th Chief of Naval Staff from 01 Dec 84 till 30 Nov 87.
A distinguished graduate of the French Test Pilot School and an outstanding pilot, he was the first to land on the deck of INS Vikrant on a Hawker Sea Hawk Fighter on 18 May 61, ushering carrier based aviation into the Indian   Navy. 
The Admiral   had  commanded  the  carrier   borne  squadron  INAS   300during the Indo – Pak war in 1971. His distinguished career included command ofINS Trishul and the Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant. The “Greyest of the Grey Eagles” is an apt   expression   to   sum   up  Admiral   Tahiliani’s   seminal   and   vast   experience   as   a stupendous naval aviator. His exemplary vision, catapulted the Naval Air Arm to where it is today. He was instrumental in the procurement of the second aircraft carrier INS Viraat along with its fighter complement of Sea Harrier aircraft. In Dec 77, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and appointed as the Flag   Officer,   Goa   Area   (FOGA).   Later,   he   was   appointed   the   Flag   Officer Commanding, Western Fleet (FOCWF). His next appointment was as Assistant Chief of   the   Naval   Staff   (Air)   at   Naval   Headquarters   (NHQ)   which   was   followed   by appointment as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. In Feb 82, he was appointed as theFlag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C), Southern Naval Command.
 In Mar 83,he was appointed the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and subsequently as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff in May 84.Admiral  Tahiliani  retired  from   the  Indian  Navy  on 30   Nov  87   after  a   highly distinguished career spanning 37 years. He was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for his distinguished service.
Post retirement Admiral Tahiliani served as the Governor of Sikkim between Feb   90   and   Sep   94.   He   also   helped   launch   the   India   chapter   of   ‘Transparency International’ as a founder member in 1997. He has served as the chairman of the India chapter from its founding until 2010.