Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM,NM, ADC took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command at a Ceremonial Parade held at the Naval Base Visakhapatnam on 16 Jun.
Admiral Soni inspected the Ceremonial Guard and reviewed platoons of Naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishment of the Eastern Naval Command. The Parade was commanded by Commander Ranjit Kumar Singh, Electrical Officer of INS Satpura and comprised 24 platoons.
Admiral Soni had been associated with the Command earlier, in the capacity of the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet and later, as the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command. Following the Ceremonial Parade at the Naval Base, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command paid tributes at the Navy War Memorial on Beach Road to Martyrs who made the supreme sacrifice in defence of the motherland. Placing of a floral wreath by the Admiral was followed by ‘Reversal of Arms’ by the Guard and a two minute silence observed thereafter as a mark of respect to the Martyrs.
Press Release, June 18, 2014; Image: Indian Navy