New Flag Of­fi­cer C-in-C South­ern Naval Com­mand ap­pointed


Vice Ad­mi­ral Surinder Pal Singh Cheema, PVSM, AVSM, NM has as­sumed com­mand of South­ern Naval Com­mand as its Com­man­der-in-Chief. The Flag Of­fi­cer prior to as­sum­ing the com­mand laid wreath at the War Me­mo­rial to of­fer re­mem­brances to thou­sands of mar­tyrs who had fought for the coun­try.

The Ad­mi­ral was com­mis­sioned into the In­dian Navy on Jan­uary 1, 1977. He is a grad­u­ate of the Na­tional De­fence Academy, Khadak­wasla, The De­fence Ser­vices Staff Col­lege, Welling­ton and the Col­lege of Naval War­fare, Mum­bai. A specialist in mis­siles and gun­nery, he spent ma­jor­ity of his time on afloat and op­er­a­tional ap­point­ments. He has had the distinc­tion of be­ing the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of five front­line ships—INS Nis­hank, Mau­ri­tian Coast Guard OPV Vig­i­lant, INS Khan­jar, INS Tr­ishul and the pres­ti­gious air­craft car­rier INS Vi­raat.

His ap­point­ments ashore in­clude the Com­man­dant of the Naval Academy and Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer INS Man­dovi. He also has the unique distinc­tion of win­ning both the Len­taigne (Best Dis­ser­ta­tion) and Scud­der Medals (first in over­all or­der of merit) while un­der­go­ing course at DSSC.

On pro­mo­tion to the Flag rank in May 2006, he was ap­pointed ACNS, In­for­ma­tion War­fare and Op­er­a­tions at IHQ, MoD (Navy). His other flag ap­point­ments in­clude the Chief of Staff, Western Naval Com­mand, Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Western Fleet, Con­troller Per­son­nel Ser­vices, IHQ MoD (Navy), DCIDS Per­spec­tive Plan­ning and Force De­vel­op­ment (PP&FD) and DCIDS (DOT). His ap­point­ment as the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, South­ern Naval Com­mand is a unique distinc­tion be­ing his third Com­mand as C-in-C since be­ing pro­moted to C-in-C grade on Au­gust 31, 2012. Prior to this he has been the Chief of In­te­grated De­fence Staff to the Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee as also the C-in-C of the Strate­gic Forces Com­mand—a Tri-Ser­vices Com­mand re­spon­si­ble for all nu­clear forces of the coun­try.

The Of­fi­cer has ex­celled and distin­guished him­self in sev­eral op­er­a­tional ap­point­ments at sea earn­ing ‘Men­tion in Despatches’ for duty in the face of en­emy dur­ing op­er­a­tions in Sri Lanka. He was also awarded the Nau Sena Medal (Gal­lantry) when in Com­mand of INS Nis­hank; AVSM when in Com­mand of INS Vi­raat and PVSM as the C-in-C, Strate­gic Forces Com­mand.

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