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Visakhapatnam, February 11, 2020
The command of the Eastern Fleet was handed over to Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan by Rear Admiral Suraj Berry at a ceremony at Visakhapatnam on February 10, the Defence Ministry said.
The Eastern Fleet comprises frontline warships of the Indian Navy that are deployed across the Indo-Pacific region to safeguard the nation’s maritime interest.
Rear Admiral Vatsayan is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Mumbai and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
The Admiral, who is a Gunnery & Missile systems specialist, has vast experience at sea and ashore. He has commanded missile vessels Vibhuti and Nashak, the guided-missile corvette Kuthar and has also been the commissioning Commanding Officer the indigenously constructed state-of-the-art stealth frigate Sahyadri.
He has also held vital appointments dealing with Personnel Policy and Naval Plans at the integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy). Prior to assuming Command of the Eastern Fleet, he was serving as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) in New Delhi.
Under the command of Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, the Eastern Fleet has maintained a very high level of combat readiness and operational tempo over the past one year. Rear Admiral Suraj Berry would be taking over as Chief of Staff of the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command shortly.