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Vice Admiral assumes the position of flag officer Commander-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command | India News


MUMBAI: Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar took over as Flag Officer Commanding Officer (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command in Mumbai on Sunday.
He succeeds Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, who is retiring after retirement, after an illustrious 40-year career in the Indian Navy.
In a ceremony held at the Headquarters Command Post, Western Naval Command, the outgoing and incoming Commanders-in-Chief were awarded an Honor Guard, after which the formal handover took place with the delivery of the baton to the new Commander. in chief.
Upon assuming command, Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar laid a wreath at the Gaurav Stambh monument.
Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar, a former student of the National Defense Academy, entered the Indian Navy on January 1, 1983.
He specialized in Artillery and has commanded five ships, including a destroyer and the INS Viraat aircraft carrier.
He has held important personnel appointments both on land and afloat and has also been a Naval Advisor to the Government of Seychelles.
On promotion to flag rank, he held the appointments of Commander of the Naval War College in Goa, Flag Officer Training at Sea, Flag Officer in command of the Western Fleet, Chief of Staff in the Western Naval Command , Controller of Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at NHQ.
Vice Admiral R Hari Kumar was CISC / VCDS (Deputy Chief of Defense Staff) in HQIDS before assuming the position of Western Naval Command FOC-in-C. The flag officer has received the Vishist Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service.
The outgoing FOC-in-C, Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC left service on February 28.
The Admiral served at the helm of this main naval command since January 21, 2019.
During his tenure, the WNC saw extensive operational deployments in response to the developing security situation after the Pulwama attack and the Galwan crisis in the Indian Ocean region.
During this period, WNC was also at the forefront of anti-piracy missions in the Gulf of Aden, as well as Operation Samudra Setu for the evacuation of Indian citizens from various countries during Covid-19 and the Sagar I and II Missions to reach the littoral IOR countries with assistance in the fight against Covid.

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