Rear Admiral Atul Anand, has assumed the office of flag officer commanding Maharashtra Naval area on Monday. The formal handing over ceremony was held at INS Kunjali, where Rear Admiral Anand was presented a guard of honour at a ceremonial parade. He was commissioned on January 1, 1988, in the executive branch of the Indian Navy.
A defence spokesperson said he is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Bangladesh and the National Defence College, New Delhi.
He has also attended the prestigious advance security cooperation course at the Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA. His educational qualifications include an M Phil, M Sc (Defence and Strategic Studies), Masters in Defence Studies and a BSc degree, said the defence spokesperson.
A recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal, the Admiral has held several key command appointments in his naval career including the command of Torpedo Recovery Vessel IN TRV A72, Missile Boat INS Chatak, Corvette INS Khukri and the Destroyer INS Mumbai.
He has also served as the navigating officer of IN Ships Sharda, Ranvijay and Jyoti. In addition, he was the direction officer of the Sea Harrier Squadron INAS 300 and executive officer of the destroyer INS Delhi.
His important staff appointments include joint director staff requirements, directing staff at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, director Naval Operations and director Naval Intelligence (Operations).
He has also served as the principal director Naval Operations and the principal director Strategy, Concepts and Transformation at Integrated Headquarters, ministry of defence (Navy).