Indian Navy: Anti-submarine warfare specialist takes charge of naval operations


Indian Navy: Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, a specialist in anti-submarine warfare with vast experience in commanding frontline warship including aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, Monday assumed the charge as Director General Naval Operations, said the defence ministry.

The Flag Officer is a specialist in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and has served on frontline warships of the Navy as ASW Officer and later as the Executive Officer and Principal Warfare Officer of Guided Destroyer INS Mysore.

Rajesh Pendharkar has commanded the missile corvette INS Kora, the missile frigate INS Shivalik and the aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

He has held important staff appointments in IHQ MoD (Navy) in the Directorate of Staff Requirements, Directorate of Personnel, and the Directorate of Net-Centric Operations.

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Indian Navy Submarine.

Indian Navy Submarine.

On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in Feb 2016, Vice Admiral Pendharkar was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Int – A) at HQ IDS, New Delhi, and subsequently as the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) in Headquarters, Western Naval Command, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area and Flag Officer Sea Training.

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An alumnus of the National Defense Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Jan 1987.

Pendharkar is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Karanja, and Naval Command College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

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