Kochi | The Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema has been appointed as the next Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command on the retirement of the present incumbent Vice Admiral A K Chopra.
The Admiral was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January one, 1977. He is a graduate of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasala, The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington and the College of Naval Warfare (CNW), Mumbai, a release said here today.
A specialist i n Missile and Gunnery, he spent majority of his time on afloat and operational appointments. He has had the distinction of being the Commanding Officer of five frontline ships, namely, the missile boat INS Nishank, Mauritian Coast Guard OPV Vigilant, the missile corvette INS Khanjar, the stealth frigate INS Trishul and the prestigious Aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
The Admiral had previously served in the operational Western Command in various capacities such as the Fleet Commander of Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command, it said. This would be the first time that an officer was being selected for fourth Command as Commander-in-Chief since being promoted to C-in-C grade on August 31, 2012.
Meanwhile the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain and Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) Rear Admiral G Ashok Kumar have been selected for promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral and have been appointed as Controller of Personnel Services at IHQ MoD (Navy) and Commandant National Defence Academy at Pune respectively on their promotion, it added.