A ceremony was organised to hand over the command of the Eastern Fleet to Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan, NM by Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, AVSM, NM, VSM here on Monday. Prior to assuming office of the Eastern Fleet, Admiral Vatsayan was serving as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) at New Delhi.
The Eastern Fleet comprising of the frontline warships of the Indian Navy are deployed across the Indo-Pacific region to safeguard the maritime interest.
Rear Admiral Sanjay Vatsayan is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Pune, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Mumbai and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
Admiral Vatsayan, a specialist in Gunnery and Missile systems, has vast experience at sea and ashore. He has also commanded missile vessels Vibhuti and Nashak, the guided-missile corvette Kuthar. He has also been the commissioning Commanding Officer of the indigenously constructed state-of-the-art stealth frigate Sahyadri.
The Admiral has also held vital appointments dealing with Personnel Policy and Naval Plans at the integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Navy).
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. He would now be taking charge as Chief of Staff of the tri services Andaman and Nicobar Command, shortly.