New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence said in a Press release that v has taken over as Controller Warship Production and Acquisition (CWP&A) from Vice Admiral Ajay Kumar Saxena today, 30 November. Commissioned in the Indian Navy on 31 Mar 1983, Vice Admiral SR Sarma, an electrical engineer, had previously served as an electrical officer of guided missile destroyer INS Mysore. Vice Admiral AK Saxena retires today after putting in a distinguished service of more than 38 years and a tenure of 13 months as CWP&A from November 2018.
As CWP&A, Vice Admiral Sarma is the controller of acquisition of all ships and submarines under production at shipyards, both Indian and foreign. He heads the design directorates of the Navy responsible for designing ships and submarines, and also the steering directorates project of ships and submarines under construction.
As a Flag Officer, Vice Admiral Sarma has previously held appointments as Assistant Chief of Material (Information Technology & Systems) at Naval Headquarters, Admiral Superintendent Dockyard at Visakhapatnam, Chief Staff Officer (Tech) at Eastern Naval Command, Director General Naval Projects at Visakhapatnam, and Principal Director Advanced Technology Vessel Project at Delhi.