Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM) took over as the Vice Chief of the Naval Staff on 1 October 2023.
Tarun Sobti succeeds Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahendru, who retires on 30 September 2023 after more than 38 years of service.
During the tenure of Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahendru as the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS), the Indian Navy achieved several significant achievements that have enhanced India's maritime reach and operational agility as well as several successful operations with friendly nations. Strategic cooperation initiatives have also been taken.
Established: 26 January 1950
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral R Hari Kumar
Motto: Sham no Varuna (May Varuna, the god of water, bless us)