Vice Admiral Anil Chopra
Vice Admiral Anil Chopra

Vice Admiral Anil Chopra appointed as FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command

New Delhi, October 29, 2011

Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, has been appointed as the next Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.

VAdm Chopra will take over on October 31, 2011 on the retirement of VAdm Anup Singh, an official press release said.

The Eastern Naval Command, one of the two operational commands of Indian Navy, has jurisdiction over the entire Bay of Bengal as well as a large part of the Indian Ocean.

The Command stands at the gateway to transformation as new ships, submarines and aircraft are added to the command's asset base. The Command is also seeing enhancement of capability and infrastructure as required to meet the growing demands of maritime security on the Eastern seaboard, the release said.

VAdm Chopra has been at the helm of the Indian Coast Guard since December 1, 2008 and has seen the rapid expansion of the Coast Guard.

Earlier, he had commanded the Western Fleet as the Flag Officer Commanding (FOCWF), the release added.

He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1975. He is a graduate of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakvasla, the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, the College of Naval Warfare (CNW), Mumbai and the National Defence College (NDC) New Delhi.

He has commanded the missile corvette INS Kuthar (1993-94), the destroyer INS Rajput (2000-2001) and the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat (2003-2004).

His appointments ashore have included Principal Director Naval Plans at Naval Headquarters, Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command, Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff and Senior Instructor (Navy) at the DSSC.

The Flag Officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service in 2007.

VAdm Chopra is an alumnus of the Lawrence School, Lovedale and the Sherwood College, Nainital.


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