|Date of Birth:||-- --- --|
|Date Commissioned||21 Jun 1969||Course||102 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Jul 2011|
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|-||Wg Cdr||No.26 Squadron||Pathankot||CO|
|-||Gp Capt||Tactics and Combat Development Establishment||Jamnagar||DS|
|-||Gp Capt||15 Wing||Bareilly||COO|
|-||Air Cmde||Western Air Command||Delhi||Air-I|
|24 Dec 1997 -||Air Cmde||1 Wing||Srinagar||AOC|
|01 Mar 2000 - 01 Dec 2001||Air Cmde||AFS Bidar||Bidar||AOC|
|-||AVM||Air Force Naval Housing Board||Delhi||DG|
|-||AVM||South Western Air Command||Gandhinagar||ADC|
|- 31 Oct 2006||Air Mshl||Western Air Command||Delhi||SASO|
|01 Nov 2006 - 31 Dec 2007||Air Mshl||Central Air Command||Allahabad||AOC-in-C|
|01 Jan 2008 - 31 May 2009||Air Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||VCAS|
|31 May 2009 - 31 Jul 2011||Air Chf Mshl||Air Head Quarters||Delhi||CAS|
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|Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Cmde||Pradeep Vasant Naik||12005 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2003||Announced 26 Jan 2003|
|Details :||Citation / Details Not Available|
|Param Vishist Seva Medal|
|Air Marshal||Pradeep Vasant Naik||12005 F(P)||Award Date 26 Jan 2008||Announced 26 Jan 2008|
|Unit : Air HQ|
|Remarks: P V Naik takes over as New CAS Note added: 2009-06-09|
Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik, PVSM VSM ADC, was born on 22 July 1949 and commissioned into the Indian Air Force on 21 June 1969. After initial schooling in Sainik School Satara, he graduated with the 33 Course from the National Defence Academy.
In a distinguished career spanning forty years, the CAS has flown a wide variety of combat and trainer aircraft. After initial training on the HT-2, he has flown the Vampire and the Hunter, and has had extensive operational experience on all variants of the MiG-21. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor with vast instructional experience and a Fighter Combat Leader from the prestigious Tactics and Air Combat Development Establishment (TACDE). He was selected as one of the first eight pilots to convert on to the MiG-23 BN in the erstwhile USSR, and was responsible for its induction into the IAF. Besides commanding a front line fighter squadron, he has commanded an important fighter base and Air Force Station Bidar. He has been Directing Staff at TACDE and the Defence Services Staff College.
During his career, the Air Chief Marshal has held numerous important staff appointments at different Headquarters. He has been the Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Western Air Command, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Central Air Command and the Vice Chief of Air Staff, prior to his appointment as the Chief of the Air Staff.
The Air Chief Marshal is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, and an alumnus of the National Defence College. He is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal. He has been appointed Honorary ADC to the Honourable President of India.
He is married to Madhubaala and they have two sons. The elder son is a pilot in the IAF and the younger is a Chief Officer in the Merchant Navy. The Air Chief Marshal is fond of Cricket, Golf, Volleyball and Indian Classical music.