Indian Navy top brass set for big reshuffle

New Delhi: The Indian Navy is headed for a comprehensive revamp in its higher echelons with a number of top appointments being filled along with that of vice admiral Nirmal Verma, who takes over the new navy chief after Admiral Sureesh Mehta retires on 31 August this year.

Vice admiral DK Dewan will take over as the new Navy vice chief once the present incumbent vice-admiral RP Suthan also retires on 31 August. While vice admiral KN Sushil will be the new southern command chief, vice admiral Anup Singh will takes over at the eastern command.

Vice admiral DK Joshi will now be the new commander of the tri-Services Andaman and Nicobar Command, while vice admiral RK Dhowan will be the new navy deputy chief, stepping into the slot from November onwards.

Vice admiral MP Muralidharan will be the new chief of personnel at naval headquarters, while vice admiral SK Sinha will be posted to the Integrated Defence Staff HQs as deputy chief (operations).

Rear Admirals Sunil Lamba, RK Pattanaik and P Murugesan will take over as the flag officers commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Area, western fleet and eastern fleet, respectively, by the end of August.