Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla takes charge as Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy

Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla takes charge as Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy

Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, AVSM, NM assumed charge as the Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy on May 10, 2024. He was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 01, 1989. In a career spanning 35 years, he has served in a number of specialist, staff and operational appointments both ashore and ashore.

After completing his specialization in communications and electronic warfare, he served as a specialist on several frontline warships. He subsequently had the privilege of holding challenging, full-time and eventful commands at sea, including INS Nishank, INS Taragiri, INS Beas and the prestigious appointment of Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF).

During his tenure as FOCEF, he was the Strategic Command for the prestigious President's Fleet Review (PFR-22) and the sea phase of the Indian Navy's flagship multinational exercise MILAN-22, which saw unprecedented participation of friendly foreign nations. Were officers. Ashore, he has held important staff appointments including Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development) at Naval Headquarters. Led the training of officers at the Naval Academy and also handled diplomatic assignments abroad. Before assuming charge as COP, he was the Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command and oversaw operations such as Operation Sankalp and events such as Navy Day Operation Demo 2023 at Sindhudurg.

Royal College of Defense Studies, London, Naval War College and Defense Services Staff College, Wellington; His educational achievements include M.Phil (Defence and Strategic Studies), Master of International Security and Strategic Studies from King's College, London, M.Sc (Defence and Strategic Studies) from the University of Madras and M.Sc (Defence and Strategic Studies) from CUSAT. Telecommunications) is included.

For his distinguished service he has been awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Nao Sena Medal and Commendation by the Chief of the Naval Staff and Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief.


Pavita Jones