Captain Simon Mathai, on Thursday, took over as Naval Officer in-charge, Kerala, from Commodore M.R. Ajay Kumar.
Cmde Ajay Kumar, who was wearing a dual hat, will continue to be the Commanding Officer of INS Venduruthy, the base station of the Southern Naval Command.
The Naval Officer in-charge is responsible to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Command for Kerala’s coastal defence. Commissioned into the Navy in 1990, Captain Mathai is a gunnery specialist. His sea tenures include commands of the warships Chamak and Magar.
He is a winner of the Nao Sena Medal.