Vice Admiral Anurag Thapliyal to be new DG of Indian Coast Guard
New Delhi, February 27, 2013
Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal will take over as the 20th Director General of Indian Coast Guard tomorrow, succeeding the present Director General Vice Admiral M P Muralidharan.
The Admiral, since commissioning in the Indian Navy on 1 July 1977, has held a mix of operational and sea appointments. He is a navigation and aircraft Direction specialist and his various sea appointments include command of INS Ajay, Khukri, Tabar and Mysore.
Vice Admiral Thapliyal has also had the rare distinction of commissioning INS Cheetah, as Navigating Officer, in Poland and INS Ajay and Tabar as Commanding Officer, both in Russia. The Flag Officer has also been the Fleet Operations Officer, Eastern Fleet at Visakhapatnam.
He has also held several challenging and prestigious onshore appointments, which include the appointments of Chief Instructor N D School, Dy Director Naval Operations, Joint Director Naval Plans at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Director Maritime Warfare Centre Visakhapatnam.
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral, he took over as Chief of Staff at Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command and later served as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Information Warfare & Operations and Fleet Commander of the Eastern Fleet.
While he was Commandant Indian Naval Academy Ezhimala, he was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral.
Admiral Thapliyal is an alumnus of Naval War College, USA and Defence Services Staff College Wellington and possesses two Master's degrees in Physics and Defence Studies. He is a recipient of Ati Vishist Seva Medal. He has been the Chief of Personnel at the Integrated Headquarters of the MoD, prior to taking over his latest assignment.
The Flag Officer is married to Mrs RachnaThapliyal and has two sons.