Special Correspondent

KANNUR: Rear Admiral Anurag G. Thapliyal will assume office as Commandant, Indian Naval Academy, at Ezhimala on September 7.

He succeeds 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 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 Academy said.

The Admiral had commanded Ajay, Tabar and Mysore ships. He was also the Fleet Operations Officer and Fleet Commander of the Eastern Fleet.