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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