MUMBAI: Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, the second seniormost officer of the Indian Navy, will assume charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, in Mumbai on June 6. Commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July, 1975, he is a graduate of the National Defence Academy and has undergone courses at the Defence Services Staff College, the Naval War College and the National Defence College.
The Admiral was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command since 31 October 2011, a period which witnessed the induction of major combat platforms including three Shivalik class stealth frigates, nuclear submarine, INS Chakra, P-81 Long Range Reconnaissance Aircraft and Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircrafts. Prior to his tenure in the East, he was the Director General Indian Coast Guard.
“He has commanded the Missile Corvette INS Kuthar, the Destroyer INS Rajput and the Aircraft Carrier, INS Viraat. His varied experience spans tenures as 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,” said a defense press release.