Kochi: Vice Admiral KN Sushil on Monday took
over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval
Command from Vice Admiral SK Damle, who retired today.
On arrival for the ceremonial parade, Vice Admiral Sushil
was received by Vice Admiral Damle.
He inspected a 50 man guard of honour with President`s
colours and the 18 platoons on parade commmanded by Commander
Sai Ram Balaji, while the Navy band played the marching
tunes, a Naval press release said.
Vice Admiral Sushil was introduced to the Flag Officers
and Commanding Officers of ships and establishments of the
command after which the outgoing Commander in Chief took the
salute as the platoons advanced in `Review Order`.
Vice Admiral Sushil also placed a wreath at the war
memorial before proceeding to the headquarters, SNC.
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1973, Vice Admiral
Sushil joined the submarine arm in 1976.
He was part of the commissioning crew of the German built
SSK submarine INS Shankush as Executive Officer and
subsequently commissioned the first indigenously built SSK
submarine INS Shalki as its Commmanding Officer.
He commanded the first frontline destroyers INS Ranvijay
and INS Delhi.
Prior to taking over his present appointment, Vice
Admiral Sushil was the Indian Navy`s first Inspector General
of Nuclear Safety.