New Delhi: The Ministry of Defence announced yesterday that the Western Fleet, known as the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Indian Navy, witnessed a change of helm on 14 February. The change of command was held at sea onboard the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. The baton of the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet was handed over by Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh, AVSM, NM, to the new Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Krishna D Swaminathan, VSM.
The new Fleet Commander is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), a specialist in Communications and Electronic Warfare, and has commanded frontline warships such as INS Vidyut, INS Vinash, INS Kulish, INS Mysore, and aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The statement from the Defence Ministry said that the Western Fleet has been at the forefront of all naval operations across the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean Region since its inception, consistently executing the military, diplomatic, constabulary, and benign roles of the Indian Navy. The Fleet has grown in capacity and capability over the years and presently includes the aircraft carrier, multi-role destroyers and frigates, fleet tankers, three air squadrons, and integral flights.
Under the command of Rear Admiral Sanjay Jasjit Singh, the Fleet has maintained a high operational tempo, strengthening maritime and energy security, deterrence at sea and the Indian Navy’s position as a Net Security Provider in the Indian Ocean Region, the MoD concluded.