Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla assumes Command of Southern Naval Command

Vice-Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla took over the reins of the Southern Naval Command (SNC) as its 28th Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief here on Tuesday.
The Admiral has replaced Vice-Admiral AR Karve, who retired after 38 years of yeoman service. Vice Adm Chawla was previously the Chief of Personnel at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, Navy in New Delhi. The Flag Officer, a native of Dehradun, had arrived here on Monday.
A static ceremonial parade, comprising 16 platoons including 4 armed platoons and a 50-man Guard of Honour was held at the naval base on the occasion in which both the Admirals were accorded General Salutes.
The ceremony concluded with a March in Review Order. Subsequently, both Flag Officers carried out the formal handing/taking over in the office of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief.
Speaking to the members of the media, prior to his departure, Vice Adm Karve expressed satisfaction at the synergy achieved by the Command with the civil administration of the state in responding to different Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) requirements.
On completion of the handing over, Vice Adm Karve was bid farewell by various Heads of Units, Commanding Officers, Chief Staff Officers of SNC headquarters and other senior officers. As he drove away, he was given the traditional 'Teen Jais' by officers and sailors of the Command.

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