Chiefs of Naval Staff

Vice Admiral Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman

In 1952, he took over from a Royal Navy Officer as the Naval Officer-in-Charge, Vizag where the Boys' Training Establishment, INS Circars is situated. In January 1954, he went to Cochin, the largest training center of the Indian Navy. Towards the end of 1956, he was appointed as the Commodore-in-Charge, Bombay and with the subsequent upgrading and re-designation of this appointment in 1958 he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and re-appointed as the Flag Officer, Bombay.

In April 1960, Vice Admiral Soman took over as Flag Officer Commanding the Indian Fleet. During the 1961 Goa Operations, he was in command of the naval operations. He was the Chief of Naval Staff during the 1965 Indo-Pak War, but the Indian fleet remained bottled in harbour due to political reasons and did not face any action. The Vice Admiral retired in 1966, after more than three decades of service.

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