Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla assumes role of Chief of Personnel in the Indian Navy

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Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, AVSM, NM, took over as the Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy on May 10, 2024.

An Overview of the News

Leadership Roles of Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla:

  • As Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF), he led important events such as the Presidential Fleet Review and the sea phase of MILAN-22.

  • Held key staff positions at Naval Headquarters and contributed to officer training at the Naval Academy.

  • Held diplomatic assignments abroad and served as Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command.

Background of Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla

  • Vice Admiral Bhalla, who joined the Indian Navy on 1 January 1989, has served for 35 years in various roles.

  • Specialized in communications and electronic warfare and served on several front line warships.

  • Commanded several notable ships including INS Nishank, INS Taragiri and INS Beas.

About Indian Navy:

  • It is under the command of the President of India and headed by the Chief of the Naval Staff.

  • It serves as a blue-water navy, active in areas such as the Persian Gulf, the Horn of Africa and the Strait of Malacca.

  • The navy conducts anti-piracy operations and cooperates with regional navies.

  • Regular deployments last two to three months and cover the South and East China Sea as well as the western Mediterranean.

Founded - 26 January 1950

Headquarters - Ministry of Defence, New Delhi

Motto(s)- Shaṁ No Varunaḥ (ISO)

transl. 'May the Lord of Water be auspicious unto us'

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