Vice Admiral Atul Anand takes over as Additional Secretary, DMA

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Vice Admiral Atul Anand assumed the role of Additional Secretary, Department of Military Affairs on 3 July 2023.

An Overview of the News

  • Atul Anand succeeds Lt Gen Anil Puri, who retires on February 28, 2023.

  • Vice Admiral Atul Anand was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 1 January 1988.

  • He is an alumnus of National Defense Academy (71st Course, Delta Squadron), Defense Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur (Bangladesh) and National Defense College, New Delhi.

Career and Achievements

  • Vice Admiral Atul Anand has been awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) and the Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM).

  • He held several important appointments throughout his career, including command of Torpedo Recovery Vessel INTRV A72, Missile Boat INS Chatak, Corvette INS Khukri and Destroyer INS Mumbai.

  • He served as Navigating Officer of IN Ships Sharda, Ranvijay and Jyoti and Direction Officer of Sea Harrier Squadron INAS 300.

  • He also served as the Executive Officer of the destroyer INS Delhi.

Education and training

  • Vice Admiral Atul Anand, 71st Course, belonging to Delta Squadron, graduated from the National Defense Academy.

  • He completed training at the Defense Services Command and Staff College in Mirpur, Bangladesh and the National Defense College in New Delhi.

  • He also attended the Advanced Security Cooperation course at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, USA.

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