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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
01-September-2006 18:29 IST
Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta to be the next Naval Chief
Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta has been appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. Admiral Mehta will take over from Admiral Arun Prakash, who retires on 31 October 2006.

Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1995, he served as Flag Officer Goa Area, Assistant Controller Carrier Projects and Assistant Chief of Personnel. He commanded the Western Fleet, the ‘sword arm’ of the Indian Navy, during Operation Parakram. In the rank of Vice Admiral, his prestigious appointments include the Chief of Personnel, DG Coast Guard and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff at Naval Headquarters. He is currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.

The Admiral assumed command of the premier Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy on 30 Sep 05. During his tenure, the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) has been involved in numerous operational missions in the Bay of Bengal and South East Asia. Also, the first ever President’s Fleet Review on the Eastern Sea Board was held in Feb 06, which saw the participation of over 66 ships and 50 aircraft of the combined Indian Fleet.

. The Admiral was born on 18 Aug 1947. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Indian Navy in July 1967. He is an aviator of the ‘old mould’, having joined the Fleet Air Arm early and has extensively operated from our earlier aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, flying conventional jets, the Sea Hawk aircraft.The Flag Officer is a graduate of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and the National Defence College, New Delhi. His earlier important afloat and ashore appointments include the command of the frigates INS Beas and INS Godavari as also the premier Naval Air Station – INS Garuda.

The Admiral was awarded the ‘Ati Vishist Seva Medal’ in 1995 and ‘Param Vishist Seva Medal’ in 2005 for his exceptional meritorious services.