Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar takes over as D-G Naval Operations

Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, AVSM, VSM assumes Charge as Director General Naval Operations. (credit : PIB/IANS)

New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar took charge as Director General Naval Operations on Monday, the Navy said.

He has commanded the missile corvette INS Kora, the missile frigate INS Shivalik and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. He has held important staff appointments in Integrated Headquarters MoD (Navy) in the Directorate of Staff Requirements, Directorate of Personnel, and the Directorate of Net-Centric Operations.

On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in February 2016, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Int – A) at HQ IDS, New Delhi, and subsequently as the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) in Headquarters, Western Naval Command, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area and Flag Officer Sea Training.

An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 1987. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Karanja, and Naval Command College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and has served on frontline warships of the Navy as ASW Officer and later as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Destroyer INS Mysore.

Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service.

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