Cap­tain Kr­ishna Swami­nathan takes over com­mand of air­craft car­rier INS Vikra­ma­ditya


Cap­tain Kr­ishna Swami­nathan has as­sumed charge as the sec­ond Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of INS Vikra­ma­ditya, In­dian Navy’s new and for­mi­da­ble air­craft car­rier at Kar­war. The ship was com­mis­sioned at Severod­vinsk in Rus­sia on Novem­ber 16, 2013, and has since been com­manded by Cap­tain Suraj Berry, NM.

Cap­tain Kr­ishna Swami­nathan is an alum­nus of the Na­tional De­fence Acad­emy, Khadak­wasla, the Joint Ser­vices Com­mand and Staff Col­lege, Shrivenham, United King­dom, the Col­lege of Naval War­fare, Karanja, and the United States Naval War Col­lege, New­port, Rhode Is­land.

Cap­tain Swami­nathan did his school­ing from Bishop Cot­ton Boys’ School, Ben­galuru, and Sainik School, Bi­japur. He had pre­vi­ously com­manded mis­sile ves­sels INS Vidyut and Vi­nash, mis­sile corvette INS Kulish and guided mis­sile de­stroyer INS Mysore. He has a BSc de­gree from Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity, New Delhi, a post-graduate diploma in per­son­nel man­age­ment from the Xavier In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, Mum­bai, MA (de­fence stud­ies) from King’s Col­lege, Lon­don, M.Phil (de­fence and strate­gic stud­ies) from Mum­bai Univer­sity and has sub­mit­ted his the­sis on in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions to the Mum­bai Univer­sity for a Ph.D de­gree. He has been on the staff of the Western Fleet, an in­struc­tor at the De­fence Ser­vices Staff Col­lege, Welling­ton, and Di­rec­tor and Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor Naval Sig­nals at Naval Head­quar­ters. The of­fi­cer was Naval As­sis­tant to the Chief of the Naval Staff in his pre­vi­ous ap­point­ment. INS Vikra­ma­ditya, the flag­ship and cen­tre-piece of the Navy’s oper­a­tions, is un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol of the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-inChief, Western Naval Com­mand, Mum­bai and is part of the sword arm of In­dian Navy, viz. the Western Fleet.

The ship is ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing MiG29K/KuB fight­ers, Sea Har­rier, Kamov31, Kamov-28, Sea King, ad­vanced light he­li­copter and Chetak he­li­copters from its deck. INS Vikra­ma­ditya is a sig­nif­i­cant ac­cre­tion to the blue wa­ter ca­pa­bil­ity of the In­dian Navy and is very aptly de­scribed by its motto ‘Strike Far, Strike Sure’.

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