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Vice-Admiral Damle takes over as FOC-in-Chief

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Kochi, Jul 28: Vice-Admiral S K Damle today took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command from VAdm JS Bedi at an impressive ceremonial parade held at the naval base.

On arrival at the parade, VAdm SK Damle was received by VAdm JS Bedi. The Admiral inspected a 50-man Guard of Honour with President's Colours and the 18 platoons on parade, commanded by Cdr Atul Nag.

He was introduced to the Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of Ships and Establishments of the Command after which the outgoing Commander-in-Chief, VAdm. JS Bedi took the salute as the platoons advanced in 'Review Order'.

Commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 1970, Admiral Damle joined the fighter stream in the Fleet Air Arm (Naval Aviation) after initial training with the Indian Air Force.

He has flown various types of aircraft in the Navy and Air Force including the carrier-borne 'Sea Harrier' aircraft. A qualified flying instructor, he headed the carrier-borne fighter squadron 'INAS 300' (White Tigers) and commanded the Naval Air Station, INS Hansa at Goa.

He has commanded the missile corvette 'INS Hosdurg', missile frigate 'INS Gomati' and the aircraft carrier 'INS Viraat'.

An alumnus of National Defence College, New Delhi, Adm Damle has held office as the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area, Flag Officer Naval Aviation, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Air) and Controller Personnel Services at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy).

He was the Chief of Personnel at Naval Headquarters prior to taking up his present appointment.

After formally handing over the charge to VAdm SK Damle at the Headquarters of the Southern Naval Command, VAdm JS Bedi departed for Mumbai where he will be taking over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command on July 31 from VAdm SS Byce.

UNI

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