ANDHRA PRADESH

New ENC chief to take over today

Suresh Mehta.

Suresh Mehta.  

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: Suresh Mehta, who will take over as the new Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) on Friday, will pay tributes to martyrs by placing a wreath at the Navy War Memorial in the morning.

Vice-Admiral Mehta takes over the command of ENC after a hectic five-year stint in New Delhi, during which period he had held various positions. During his tenure as the Assistant Controller Carrier Projects, he was responsible for commencement of aircraft carrier acquisition programmes, covering both Gorshakov as also the indigenously constructed Air Defence Ship, intended to facilitate the deep water operations of the 21st century.

Vice-Admiral Mehta has been widely associated with the personnel policies of the Navy having held appointments of Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development), Controller, Personnel Services and Chief of Personnel at the Naval Headquarters.

During the course of his tenure as the Director General of Coast Guard between January 2003 and August 2004, he was guided with the vision of establishing a strong, vibrant and visible Coast Guard with linkages the world over to establish common operating doctrines for tackling incidents at sea.

In his last assignment as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, he was instrumental in marshalling the resources of the navy to provide immediate relief in Tsunami-struck areas in the country and its immediate neighbourhood.

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