25 August : Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar, presently the C – in – C of Strategic Force Command is likely to take over as C – in – C Andaman & Nicobar Command on 30 Sep 08. He takes over from Air Marshal S Radhakrishnan.Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar, is an alumnus of the 34th NDA Course. He was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 70. A specialist in Navigation and Direction, he holds an M. Sc in Defence Studies and is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Naval Higher Command Course and the Naval War College at New Port, USA. He has held a variety of staff appointments, which include Deputy Director in the erstwhile Directorate of Combat Policy and Tactics, Director at Maritime Warfare Centre, Chief Instructor in Navigation and Direction School (K), Senior Instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Director of Staff Requirements at Naval Headquarters.
On promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral in Apr 99, he took over as the Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, after which he was appointed in-charge of the Aircraft Carrier Projects at Naval Headquarters. He was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral in Nov 05. He held the appointment of Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff Ops (Operations) and DOT (Doctrine, Organization and Training) at HQ IDS. He has been the Commander-in-Chief Strategic Forces Command since 31 Dec 06.
His afloat appointments include specialist tenures onboard various fleet ships, Commissioning Navigator of INS Ghorpad and INS Rana. He was also Fleet Operation Officer, Western Fleet. His Sea Commands include Commanding Officer of INS Panaji in 1973, INS Himgiri in 1987, INS Ganga 1993 and Command of the Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat in 1995. He took over Command of the ‘Sword Arm’ of the Navy as the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet in Jan 2003. His operational experience is backed by active service during the Indo Pak war of 1971. Command of INS Himgiri during Op PAWAN and as Chief of Staff Southern Naval Command during Op VIJAY
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar is a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.