Visakhapatnam: Rear Admiral AB Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet has handed over the command of Eastern Fleet to Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM. The change of guard took place at an impressive ceremony held today, 06 October 15 in Naval Base, Visakhapatnam.
Rear Admiral SV Bhokare is a specialist in Navigation and Aircraft Direction and a graduate of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and Defense Services Staff College, Wellington. He has also undergone Higher Command Course at Army War College. In addition, the Flag Officer holds a Master’s degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the Australian Defence College, Canberra. He also awarded Yudh Seva Medal and Nao Sena Medal.
A submariner by profession, Rear Admiral Bhokare has commanded submarines Sindhughosh, Sindhudhwaj, Sindhushastra, Indian Naval Ship Beas and INS Vajrabahu. The Eastern Fleet today comprises 30 warships, which include Destroyers, Stealth Frigates, Amphibious Ships, Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, Missile Corvettes, Offshore Patrol Vessels, Missile Boats and Tankers. Rear Admiral AB Singh now moves to Delhi to assume duties at HQ Strategic Forces Command.