New Delhi: A Vice Admiral has filed a "statutory complaint" with Defence Ministry to stake claim to the top post of Navy`s crucial Western Command after the retirement of the incumbent in April this year.
In his complaint, Kochi-based Southern Naval Commander
Vice Admiral K N Sushil has contended that he would be the
senior-most three-star officer after retirement of Vice
Admiral Sanjeev Bhasin on April 30 and should be appointed as
the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western
Command, Navy sources said here.
Traditionally, the Navy appoints its seniormost
three-star officer as in-charge of the crucial Western
Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma reportedly plans to
appoint his likely successor and Chief of Integrated Defence
Staff Vice Admiral D K Joshi as Western Naval Commander.
Joshi was appointed as CIDS two months ago after
serving as the Commander of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
(CINCAN) and has not held charge of either of Navy`s
operational eastern and western commands.
The Eastern and Western commands have their own
operational fleets whereas the Kochi-based Southern Naval
Command focuses mainly on training aspects of the force.