Visakhapatnam: Vice Admiral Rajesh Pendharkar, AVSM, VSM assumed charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at an impressive Ceremonial Parade held at the Naval Base here today, August 1, 2023. VAdm Pendharkar inspected the Ceremonial Guard and reviewed platoons of naval and DSC personnel represented by various ships and establishments of the ENC. The ceremony was attended by all Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of ships, submarines and establishments.
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 1987, Vice Adm Pendharkar is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval War College, Karanja, and Naval Command College, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He holds a Master’s Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies.
An Anti-Submarine Warfare specialist, the Vice Admiral has held various Operational, Staff and Command Appointments in the course of his distinguished career spanning over 36 years. He has commanded three frontline ships including the Missile Corvette – INS Kora, Stealth Frigate – INS Shivalik and the Aircraft Carrier -INS Viraat. His important staff appointments include as the Joint Directors in the Directorate of Staff Requirements and Directorate of Personnel, Principal Directors in the Directorate of Net-Centric Operations and the Directorate of Personnel.
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral, he was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Integrated Defence Staff at HQ IDS, New Delhi, and as the Chief Staff Officer (Operations) in Headquarters, Western Naval Command. Subsequently he held the appointment as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area followed by Flag Officer Sea Training. Prior assuming the command of ENC, the Flag officer was carrying out the duties of Director General Naval Operations at IHQ MoD (Navy) and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) at New Delhi.
The Flag Officer is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal for distinguished service.