|Born|| (1919-05-20) May 20, 1919
Jabalpur, Central Provinces, British Raj (now Madhya Pradesh, India)
|Allegiance|| British India (1938-1947)
India (from 1947)
|| Royal Indian Navy (1938-1947)
Indian Navy (1947-1979)
|Years of service||1938–1979|
|Commands held||Chief of the Naval Staff
FOC-IN-C, Western Naval Command
INS Vikrant (R11)
HMIS Bombay (J249)
|Battles/wars||World War II
Liberation of Goa
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
|Awards||Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Legion of Merit
Jal Cursetji (born May 20, 1919) is a retired Indian Navy admiral who served as the 10th Chief of the Naval Staff from March 1, 1976 until February 28, 1979. Cursetji's prior commands included those as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C) of the Western Naval Command and the commanding officer of INS Vikrant (R11) and HMIS Bombay (J249). He also served as the Naval Attache to the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. and as the Chief Hydrographer of the Indian Navy.
Cursetji joined the Royal Indian Navy Volunteer Reserve as a cadet in January 1938. He was commissioned as an acting sub-lieutenant in the RIN on 1 April 1940, with confirmation as a sub-lieutenant on 1 September 1940 (dating from 1 April). He qualified as a Hydrography Specialist in the United Kingdom, and was promoted to lieutenant on 1 October 1941.
After the independence of India, he opted to join the Indian Navy. He was the senior most Indian officer in the Hydrographic Survey branch, and took part in the coastal surveys of Burma, Malaya and Indonesia. He served as the Surveyor-in-Charge of the Marine Survey of India between 1950 and 1953. On 15 November 1955, he was promoted to acting captain and deputed as the Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India.
In 1957, he took command of the 11th Destroyer Squadron, and was promoted substantive captain on 31 December. Between 1961 and 1965, Cursetji served as the Naval Attache in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa. Between 1966 and 1967, he was the Commanding Officer of INS Vikrant (R11).
He was promoted to Rear Admiral and took over as the Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters in December 1967. In February 1970, he was promoted to acting Vice Admiral and took over as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. On 27 February 1973, he took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-IN-C) of the Western Naval Command, with promotion to substantive vice-admiral on 1 March.
Dates of rank
|Insignia||Rank||Component||Date of rank|
|Sub-lieutenant||Royal Indian Navy||1 April 1940|
|Lieutenant||Royal Indian Navy||1 October 1941|
|Lieutenant-Commander||Royal Indian Navy||1 October 1949 (substantive)|
|Lieutenant-Commander||Indian Navy||26 January 1950 (recommissioning)|
|Commander||Indian Navy||30 June 1952.|
|Captain||Indian Navy||15 November 1955 (acting)
31 December 1961 (substantive)
|Rear Admiral||Indian Navy||December 1967|
|Vice-Admiral||Indian Navy||February 1970 (acting)
1 March 1973 (substantive)
|1 March 1976|