Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla Takes Over as Chief of Personnel of Indian Navy

Ashore, Vice Admiral Bhalla has held key staff appointments at the Naval Headquarters, including Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development). He has also headed officers’ training at the Naval Academy and held a diplomatic assignment overseas.

Vice Admiral Sanjay Bhalla, AVSM, NM, assumed the charge of Chief of Personnel of the Indian Navy today, succeeding Vice Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta. The ceremonial handing over took place at the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters in the presence of senior naval officers and Defence Ministry officials.

An alumnus of prestigious institutions like the Royal College of Defence Studies in London, Naval War College, and Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, Vice Admiral Bhalla brings with him a wealth of experience spanning over 35 years in the Indian Navy. Commissioned on January 1, 1989, he has held a number of specialist, staff, and operational appointments, both afloat and ashore.

After completing his specialization in Communication and Electronic Warfare, Vice Admiral Bhalla served on several frontline warships. He has had the privilege of commanding several ships, including INS Nishank, INS Taragiri, and INS Beas, and the coveted appointment of Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF). During his tenure as FOCEF, he was the Officer in Tactical 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 witnessed unprecedented participation from friendly foreign countries.

Ashore, Vice Admiral Bhalla has held key staff appointments at the Naval Headquarters, including Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development). He has also headed officers’ training at the Naval Academy and held a diplomatic assignment overseas.

Prior to assuming charge as the Chief of Personnel, Vice Admiral Bhalla served as the Chief of Staff of the Western Naval Command, overseeing crucial operations like Op Sankalp and events such as the Navy Day Op Demo 2023 at Sindhudurg.

With an impressive academic record, including an M.Phil (Defence & Strategic Studies), a Master’s in International Security and Strategic Studies from King’s College London, and other postgraduate degrees, Vice Admiral Bhalla is well-equipped to handle the critical personnel management responsibilities of the Indian Navy.

His distinguished service has been recognized with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, the Nao Sena Medal, and Commendations by the Chief of the Naval Staff and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

As the Chief of Personnel, Vice Admiral Bhalla will play a pivotal role in overseeing the human resource management, training, and welfare of the Indian Navy’s personnel, ensuring the force’s operational readiness and efficiency.