KOCHI: Navy has a new Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST)


R. Adm Grewal, Flag Officer Sea Training
R. Adm Grewal, Flag Officer Sea Training

Rear Admiral SK Grewal, VSM has assumed charge as the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) on 28 Mar 15.  He was commissioned into the Navy in Jul 1984.  He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and a post graduate from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington who has also attended the Naval Higher Command Course at College of Naval Warfare, Karanja and Naval Command Course at Naval War College, USA.

A Specialist in Navigation and Direction, the Flag Officer has held various challenging staff and command assignments during his distinguished naval career spanning three decades. He has served as the Navigating Officer of Indian Naval Ships Hosdurg, Magar, Udaygiri, Godavari and Ganga. His other sea tenures include Commanding Officer of Indian Naval Ships Prahar (Commissioning), Vibhuti, and Talwar and as Executive Officer onboard INS Trishul (Commissioning).His important shore tenures include, besides others, Officer-in-charge Navigation and Direction School and Directing Staff at College of Naval Warfare.  The Admiral has also held the appointment of Naval Attaché at the Embassy of India, Moscow.  Prior to taking charge in his current appointment as FOST, the Admiral was the Chief Staff Officer in charge of operations (CSO-ops) of the Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.

The Flag Officer Sea Training functions under the operational and administrative jurisdiction of Flag Officer Commanding-in–Chief, Southern Naval Command. His charter includes conduct of operational sea training for all the ships of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard by enhancing crew proficiency in all aspects, including safe navigation practices, damage control and fire fighting drills, weapon firings as well as seamanship training.

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