New Delhi: Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh (AVSM, VSM) has taken over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command (ENC) from Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain (PVSM, AVSM, VSM) at an impressive ceremonial parade held at the Naval Base on Monday. Singh inspected the ceremonial guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC. The ceremony has been attended by all Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of ships, submarines and establishments. Later, he also paid homage to martyrs who have made the supreme sacrifice in service of the nation, by laying a floral wreath at the War Memorial on Beach Road, Visakhapatnam.
Commissioned on July 1, 1983, Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakvasla. A navigation and direction specialist, Singh has held various operational staff and command appointments in his career spanning over 38 years. The officer has excelled in all professional courses in India and abroad and received his first Masters from Madras University during the Staff Course, where he was awarded the Scudder Medal. The Flag Officer has also earned a Master’s Degree in Global Security from Cranfield University, United Kingdom.
He has commanded Indian Naval Ships Veer (Missile Vessel), Vindhyagiri (Frigate), Trishul (Guided Missile Frigate) and Viraat (Aircraft Carrier). The officer has rich operational experience of Op Pawan in Sri Lanka and Op Parakram on the Western Seaboard as the Fleet Navigating Officer of Western Fleet. He has also been the Chief of Staff at Western Naval Command during the period of intense Op activity in early 2019.
He has commanded the Eastern Fleet and is familiar with the peculiarities of Eastern Seaboard, and was closely associated with the response to Super Cyclone Hudhud in 2014.
As Principal Director and ACNS (Policy & Plans) at Naval HQ, Singh was closely associated with the promulgation of maritime strategy, transformation and long-term capability development plan and Atmanirbhar shipbuilding roadmap of the Indian Navy. He has a rich tri-service exposure in joint manship during the tenures as an instructor at NDA and DSSC Wellington, Deputy C-in-C at Strategic Forces Command and Deputy Chief (Operations & Training) at HQ IDS (before assuming Command of the Eastern Naval Command). He is the first Alumni of UP Sainik School to achieve the rank of Commander-in-Chief in the Indian Navy.
For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2011 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2016.
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