New Delhi, Feb 19: After a successful tenure of over 15 months, Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, AVSM, YSM, NM  on Monday handed over his responsibilities as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy (INA) to Vice Admiral RB Pandit, AVSM. Bhokare took over as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy on October 20, 2016.

During his tenure, the Academy saw marked transformation in infrastructure and training facilities at INA.

The INA had also won the prestigious Bakshi Cup competition, held between all six major military academies including National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Military Academy (IMA), for the first time during Bhokare’s tenure.

Who is RB Pandit? 

RB Pandit is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasala, Defence Services Staff College Wellington, the College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK. The Flag Officer is specialised in Anti Submarine Warfare and has commanded INS Nirghat, INS Vindhyagiri, INS Jalashwa and the 22nd Missile Vessel Squadron at Mumbai.

He has been the Naval Adviser at the High Commission of India at Islamabad, Pakistan. He has also held important staff assignments such as ACNS (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence) at IHQ MoD (Navy) and Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. He was the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet at Mumbai, prior being appointed as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy.