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New Delhi: Rear Admiral S. Venkat Raman has assumed command of the prestigious Naval War College of the Indian Navy, at Goa. The Admiral took charge of the Navy’s Apex Training Institution from Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh. The Naval War College conducts training for senior officers, including foreign participants, on defence planning, strategic and operational subjects, with a view to promote a culture of strategic and operational thinking.

Rear Admiral Venkat Raman is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy Khadakvasla. Commissioned on 1 January 1990, the Rear Admiral is a specialist in Communications and Electronic Warfare and has tenanted various appointments onboard frontline warships of the Indian Navy. His sea tenures include command of the stealth frigate Tabar. Prior to taking over command at Goa, the Rear Admiral was heading the Directorate of Naval Intelligence at Naval Headquarters.

He has completed several post graduate study programmes, including Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies in addition to a Masters in Management Studies from the College of Defence Management.


Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma took over as Admiral Superintendent, Naval Ship Repair Yard (Kochi) from Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal. Before assuming charge, Rear Admiral Sharma paid floral tributes at the memorial of ‘The Unknown Worker’.

Rear Admiral Sanjay Sharma was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 1st Aug 86. Prior to this appointment, the Flag Officer has held various important appointments at IHQ MoD(N), Advanced Technology Vessel Program and Headquarters Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.The incumbent Rear Admiral Deepak Bansal, who spent fourteen months at the helm of NSRY(Koc), would assume charge as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) at IHQ MoD (Navy).


Rear Admiral B Sivakumar, took over as Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard, Mumbai from Rear Admiral Rajaram Swaminathan. Rear Admiral B Sivakumar was commissioned on 1st Jul 87 and is a Post Graduate from IIT, Chennai. He is also an alumnus of National Defence Academy, College of Defence Management and National Defence College.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, he has held various operational, staff and dockyard appointments including Commanding Officer, INS Valsura. On promotion to Flag rank, he was appointed as Additional Director General, Project Seabird and subsequently moved as Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Western Naval Command, prior taking over the present assignment.


Commodore M. Goverdhan Raju took over as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Andhra Pradesh) from Commodore Sanjiv Issar at an impressive ceremonial parade held in the Naval Base at Visakhapatnam. Cmde Raju is an alumnus of Sainik School, Korukonda and National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 1 July 1989 and is a specialist in Navigation and Direction.

He held a spectrum of highly challenging operational, staff and training appointments viz; the commissioning crew of INS Sagardhwani, specialist and executive officer appointments on frontline warships, Joint Director Staff Requirements at Naval Headquarters, Director (Training & Policy) at HQ Integrated Defence Staff, Principal Director (Training) at the premier training establishment, Indian Naval Academy (Ezhimala) and Director, Maritime Warfare Centre (Vizag). He has also carried out the duties of Fleet Operations Officer of Eastern Fleet during Dec 2014-May 2016, and he concurrently carried out the duties as the Chief Coordinator for Static Review, Operational Demonstration, Passage Exercise, etc, during the prestigious International Fleet Review-2016 and contributed to its grand success.

He is also a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College, Mirpur (Bangladesh).He has the distinction of commanding four Indian Navy ships viz; Torpedo Recovery Vessel-71, Ocean Going Minesweeper Ratnagiri, Dhanush OPV Suvarna and Destroyer Ranvijay, as well as two shore units; the premier training establishment INS Chilka with concurrent charge as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Odisha), and the Forward Operating Base INS Sardar Patel with concurrent charge as Naval Officer-in-Charge (Gujarat).He is a proud recipient of Nao Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) in 2014.

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