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Arun Prakash next Naval Chief

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JUNE 1. Arun Prakash will be the next Chief of the Naval Staff, according to an official communiqué. He will take over from Madhvendra Singh on July 31. Currently, the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Prakash, was the first Commander-in-Chief of the newly created Unified Andaman and Nicobar Command and served in that capacity till taking over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command. Specialising in aviation, he has flown 2500 hours on a variety of single and multi-engineered aircraft from the aircraft-carrier and ashore.

During the 1971 war, Vice-Admiral Prakash served with an IAF fighter-bomber squadron, and was awarded the Vir Chakra for gallantry in air action over West Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir. He has commanded the missile boat INS Chatak, the frigates INS Beas and INS Vindhyagiri, and the aircraft-carrier INS Viraat. His aviation tenures include the command of two Air Squadrons, and the Naval Air Station INS Hansa.

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