Rear Admiral Sameer Saxena takes over as Fleet Commander of Sword Arm

IT Correspondent
Mumbai, Dec 28:

The Western Fleet, known as the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Indian Navy, witnessed a change of helm, when Rear Admiral Sameer Saxena took over the baton from Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar on Monday, December 27.
Rear Admiral Saxena inspected the Guard of Honour during the change of command at naval dockyard, Mumbai. Rear Admiral Kochhar, will now take over as Project Director (Operations and Training) at HQ ATVP, New Delhi.
Rear Admiral Saxena was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 01, 1989. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla; Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Naval War College, Newport, USA.
A Navigation and Direction specialist, his afloat appointments include being part of the Direction Team of INS Viraat and the Navigating Officer of Indian Naval Ships Kuthar, Godavari and Delhi. He also served as Executive Officer of INS Mumbai. His command tenures include command of the Mauritian Coast Guard Ship Guardian and Indian Naval Ships Kulish and Mysore.
Rear Admiral Saxena was also the Fleet Operations Officer, Western Fleet. The officer tenanted training appointments at National Defence Academy and Centre for Leadership and Behavioural Studies. His staff appointments include a stint in the Directorate of Personnel and jobs as Naval Assistant to Chief of Naval Staff, Principal Director of Foreign Cooperation, all at IHQ MoD (N). He was also Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India, London. On promotion to the Flag rank, he took over duties as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) on February 05,2020.
The Western Fleet is a Naval fleet of the Indian Navy. It is known as the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Indian Navy and is headquartered at Mumbai, Maharashtra on the west coast of India. It is a part of the Western Naval Command and is responsible for the naval forces in the Arabia Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
The Western Fleet was formally constituted on first March 1968. The Fleet is commanded by a Two Star flag Officer of the rank of Rear Admiral with the title Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet (FOCWF). The current flagship of the Western Fleet is the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (R 33).

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