Rear Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal will assume office as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala on September 7.

He replaces Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan, who has been appointed Chief of Personnel of the Navy.

Rear Admiral Thapliyal, an alumnus of the Naval Academy and the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island in the United States, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1977. A specialist in navigation and direction, he held a mix of operational and staff appointments, a press release issued by the Naval Academy said.

Admiral Thapliyal has commanded Ajay, Tabar and Mysore. He also has the distinction of being the Fleet Operations Officer and Fleet Commander of the Eastern Fleet.

Among the important Flag Appointments held by him include the Chief of the Staff of Eastern Naval Command and Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Information Warfare).

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