Rear Ad­mi­ral San­jay Jasjit Singh as­sumes charge as the As­sis­tant Chief of Naval Staff (Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Space and Net­work-cen­tric Op­er­a­tion)


Rear Ad­mi­ral San­jay Jasjit Singh has as­sumed charge as the As­sis­tant Chief of Naval Staff (Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Space and Net­work-cen­tric Op­er­a­tion) on pro­mo­tion to the rank of Rear Ad­mi­ral on Novem­ber 19, 2015. The post was cre­ated in 2013 to ac­cord fo­cus to the In­dian Navy’s drive to­wards net­worked oper­a­tions and util­i­sa­tion of space-based as­sets.

He is the sec­ond of­fi­cer to hold the post and takes over from Rear Ad­mi­ral Kis­han K. Pandey who has moved as the Flag Of­fi­cer Fleet Re­view, in charge of plan­ning for the forth­com­ing pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view to be hosted by the In­dian Navy at Visakha­p­at­nam in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

Rear Ad­mi­ral San­jay Jasjit Singh is a third-gen­er­a­tion armed forces of­fi­cer. An alum­nus of the Na­tional De­fence Acad­emy (NDA), Khadak­Wasla, he al­ways ex­celled dur­ing train­ing. Ad­judged as the Best Naval Cadet at NDA, he was awarded the Binoc­u­lars as the Best Sea Cadet and the cov­eted Sword of Hon­our as a Mid- ship­man. Com­mis­sioned on July 1, 1986, the of­fi­cer is a spe­cial­ist in Nav­i­ga­tion and Di­rec­tion course, which he topped, in 1992. He also un­der­went the Ad­vanced Com­mand and Staff Course at UK, in 2000, where he was the Best Over­seas Stu­dent amongst Army, Navy and Air Force of­fi­cers from 47 coun­tries. He has also un­der­gone the Naval Higher Com­mand Course at the Naval War Col­lege, Mum­bai, and the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy Course at the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, Delhi.

He has held a range of com­mand, train­ing and staff ap­point­ments, and has served on most classes of ships of the In­dian Navy. His sea com­mand ap­point­ments in­clude com­mand of the ASW and UAV-con­trol fri­gate INS Tara­giri, where he was awarded the Nao Sena Medal for his high per­for­mance, and the multi-role fri­gate INS Tr­ishul. His train­ing ap­point­ments in­clude of­fi­cer-in-charge of the Lo­cal Work Up Team, re­spon­si­ble for Op­er­a­tional Sea Train­ing of ships, and the Nav­i­ga­tion Di­rec­tion School, his alma mater. In his staff ap­point­ments, he has served as the Joint Di­rec­tor of Per­son­nel, In­dian Naval At­taché at Iran, Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor of Naval Oper­a­tions and, till re­cently, the Prin­ci­pal Di­rec­tor Strat­egy, Con­cepts and Trans­for­ma­tion, wherein he was re­spon­si­ble for draft­ing the re­vised In­dian Mar­itime Se­cu­rity Strat­egy and the Strate­gic Guidance to Trans­for­ma­tion, both of which were re­leased re­cently.

A keen swim­mer and avid reader, he has writ­ten reg­u­larly on de­fence and strate­gic is­sues. He was ear­lier the lead drafter for the In­dian Navy’s Mar­itime Doc­trine, for which he was awarded Com­men­da­tion by the Chief of the Naval Staff. He has com­pleted sev­eral post-graduate study pro­grammes, in­clud­ing MA (History) and MPhil (Arts) from Mum­bai Univer­sity, MA (De­fence Stud­ies) from King’s Col­lege, Lon­don, and M.Sc and MHIL (De­fence and Strate­gic Stud­ies) from Madras Univer­sity.

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