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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
19-April-2007 15:45 IST
Vice Admiral Raman P Suthan, AVSM VSM appointed Foc-in-C East
Vice Admiral Raman P Suthan, AVSM VSM will assume command of the premiere Eastern Naval Command, one of the two operational commands of the Indian Navy on 30 Apr 07. Vadm Suthan takes over from Vice Admiral A K Singh, who retires that day.

The Eastern seaboard has gained prominence in the recent past and this is witnessed by the increasing engagement with immediate regional neighbours like Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and other states of South East Asia. The Eastern Fleet is on overseas deployment and the ships have just completed a visit to China and Japan to exercise with their ships. All this is in consonance with the 'Look East Policy' of our country. Also, the coming days would see Indian Navy exercising with US Fleet in the Bay of Bengal.

Admiral Suthan takes over the Eastern Naval command after two years stint in Delhi. He took over his present appointment as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff on 24 Jul 06 when "Operation - Sukoon" (evacuation of civilians) from Beirut to Larnaca was in full swing. The prompt response by the Indian Navy has won admiration, the world over.

The Admiral was born on 14 Aug 1949. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasala and was commissioned in the Indian Navy in July 1970. He saw action early in life as the Navigating Officer of INS Kavaratti, which took active part in Eastern Fleet operations off erstwhile East Pakistan in 1971. After specialisation in Navigation and Direction, he has held various staff, instructional, operational and command appointments. The Flag Officer is a graduate of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. During his long and illustrious career, Vice Admiral Raman P Suthan has commanded five ships of different size and capabilities. His other important assignment at sea includes Fleet Navigation Officer of Eastern Fleet. As Flag Officer, he has been Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, one of the two sword arms of the Navy.

Ashore, his appointments include Chief Staff Officer (Training) in Southern Naval Command in 1991-92 and Defence Advisor at High Commission of India, Singapore from 1993-96. The Flag Officer has been widely associated with the personnel policies of the Navy, having held the appointments of the Director of Personnel, Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development) and Controller Personnel Services at Naval Headquarters for over four years. He has had the unique distinction of being Chief of Staff of two Commands, Southern and Eastern Naval Command and hence had a wide range of administrative, training and operational experience. It was during his appointment as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command that the successful and highly acclaimed post-tsunami relief operations on the Eastern seaboard were undertaken.

VAdm Raman P Suthan is a recipient of Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) and Vishist Seva Medal (VSM) for his highly distinguished service.