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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
01-October-2005 19:14 IST
Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta, takes over as Foc-In-C East
Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta, PVSM AVSM assumed command of the premier Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy on 30 Sep 05.

Vice Admiral Sureesh Mehta takes over the command of Eastern Naval Command after a hectic five-year stint in Delhi, during which he has held various appointments. During his tenure as the Assistant Controller Carrier Projects, he was responsible for commencement of aircraft-carrier acquisition programmes, covering both the Gorshkov as also the indigenously constructed aircraft carrier, intended to facilitate the Blue Water operations of the Indian Navy of the 21st century. The Flag Officer has also been widely associated with the personnel policies of the Navy, having held the appointments of Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development), Controller Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters

In his last assignment as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, the Flag Officer was instrumental in marshalling the resources of the entire Navy in providing immediate relief in Tsunami-struck areas both within the country and in our immediate neighborhood. The prompt response by the Indian Navy, and the leadership provided has won admiration the world over. During the course of his tenure as the Director General Coast Guard between Jan 2003 till Aug 04, he was guided with the vision of establishing a strong, vibrant and visible Indian Coast Guard with linkages the world over to establish common operating doctrines for tackling incidents at sea. He pursued a vigorous growth for the Coast Guard Fleet and organization, aided by active modernization programmes.

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. Shortly thereafter, he joined the Fleet Air Arm and extensively flew Sea Hawk aircraft from the carrier, INS Vikrant. The Admiral was awarded the 'Ati Vishist Seva Medal' in 1995 and 'Param Vishist Seva Medal' in 2005 for his exceptional meritorious services.

The coming days would see the presence of a large Russian Fleet in the Bay of Bengal exercising with our naval ships, and these exercises would be witnessed by the Defence Ministers of the two sides. And early next year, HE the President of India, would review the Fleet off Visakhapatnam, an event that would be conducted for the first time on the Eastern seaboard.

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