The Admiral commanded Indian Naval Ships Prachand and Veer, Coast Guard ShipVijaya and the Guided Missile Frigate INS Ganga. His other important afloat assignments include the appointments of Fleet Communications & Electronic Warfare Officer, Western Fleet and Fleet Operations Officer, Eastern Fleet. Ashore, he has been Director Naval Signals & Electronic Warfare and Director Naval Operations at Naval Headquarters. After promotion to the Flag Rank, he has been Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Information Warfare and Operations); Deputy Commandant and Chief Instructor, National Defence Academy at Khadakwasla; Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command at Kochi.
On promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral, he was appointed Commandant of the Naval Academy which was then, still under construction at Ezhimala, Kerala. He retired after 40 years of naval service as the Commandant of the National Defence College.
He was decorated by the President with Vishist Seva Medal in 1993 and Uttam Yudh Seva Medal in 1997 for distinguished service of exceptional order.
Admiral Kaushiva specialised in Communications and Electronic Warfare, holds an M Sc (Telecom) degree and is a Fellow of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. He takes keen interest in strategic maritime affairs, and has been participating in seminars, discussions and dialogues on related matters in India and abroad.