Vice ADM Atul Anand takes over as the Director General of Naval Operations (DGNO)

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Vice Admiral Atul Anand took over as the Director General Naval Operations on April 1, 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • He was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on January 1, 1988, and is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy, Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur (Bangladesh) and the National Defense College, New Delhi.

  • Vice Admiral Atul Anand is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal.

  • He has also served as Navigating Officer of IN Ships Sharda, Rannvijay and Jyoti, and was Direction Officer of Sea Harrier Squadron INAS 300 and Executive Officer of destroyer INS Delhi.

  • His important staff appointments include Joint Director Staff Requirements, Director Staff at the Defense Services Staff College, Wellington, Director Naval Operations and Director Naval Intelligence (Ops).

About Indian Navy

  • It was established in 1830 and its mission is to protect maritime interests and borders.

  • The motto of the Indian Navy is "Sham no Varunah", which means "May Varuna, lord of the oceans, be auspicious to us."

  • The fleet includes ships, submarines and aircraft with approximately 67,000 personnel.

  • Operations include anti-piracy, disaster relief and joint exercises with other navies.

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