Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Indian Coast Guard Gets New Director General

Vice Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, AVSM will be taking over as the 20th Director General of Indian Coast Guard on 28 Feb 2013 and will be succeeding the present Director General Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan AVSM & Bar, NM.

The Admiral, since commissioning in the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1977, has held a mix of operational and sea appointments. He is Navigation and Aircraft Direction specialist and his various sea appointments include command of INS Ajay, Khukri, Tabar and Mysore. He 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 appointments on shore which include the appointments of Chief Instructor ND School, Dy Director Naval Operations, Joint Director Naval Plans at the Integrated Headquarters of 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 Masters Degrees in Physics and Defence Studies. The Flag Officer is a recipient of Ati Vishist Seva Medal. He has been the Chief of Personnel at the Integrated Headquarters of the MoD, prior taking over as the Director General Indian Coast Guard.

The Flag Officer is married to Mrs Rachna Thapliyal and has two sons.

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