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FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING IN CHIEF, SOUTHERN NAVAL COMMAND
VICE ADMIRAL SATISH SONI, PVSM, AVSM, NM
Vice Admiral Satish Soni, PVSM, AVSM, NM is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1976. A specialist in Navigation and Aircraft Direction, the Flag Officer is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai.
Vice Admiral Satish Soni has held various important command and staff appointments in his career. The Flag Officer’s sea commands include the ocean going minesweeper Kakinada, the guided missile corvette Kirpan, the guided missile frigate Talwar and the guided missile destroyer Delhi. He has had the honour of having commissioned two warships, Kakinada and Talwar, in Russia, as the Commanding Officer. His staff appointments include Deputy Director of Personnel, Joint Director of Naval Plans and Naval Assistant to Chief of the Naval Staff at IHQ MoD(Navy).
On his elevation to Flag rank, Vice Admiral Satish Soni assumed responsibilities as the Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resource Development) at IHQ MoD (Navy). Subsequently, the Flag Officer commanded the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy, and thereafter took over as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command. Vice Admiral Satish then followeded it by being appointed as Commandant, National Defence Academy at Khadakvasla, Pune. In his previous assignment, the Vice Admiral served as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff at Integrated Headquarters MOD (Navy) at New Delhi.
He is a keen sportsman and has represented the Indian Navy in Squash and Golf in his younger days.