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 1. Vice Admiral Sunil K Damle, AVSM, NM, VSM took over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command on 31Jul 07..

2. The Flag officer was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 19 Dec 70. After initial training with the IAF, the officer joined the fighter stream in the Fleet Air Arm (Naval Aviation). He has flown various types of aircraft in the Navy and Air Force including carrier borne Sea Harrier aircraft. The officer is a qualified Flying Instructor (QFI). His aviation career includes Squadron Commander of front line carrier borne fighter squadron INAS 300 (White Tigers) and Commanding Officer, INS Hansa at Naval Air Station, Dabolim, Goa.

3. During the span of his naval career, the officer has been the Executive Officer of missile frigate INS Talwar and the Commanding Officer of missile corvette INS Hosdurg, multi-purpose missile frigate INS Gomati and aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

4. As flag officer, he has been the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area, Flag Officer Naval Aviation, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet and Assistance Chief of the Naval Staff (Air) & Controller Personnel Services at Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy). Presently, he is appointed as Chief of Personnel.

5. The flag officer is an alumnus of National Defence College, New Delhi.

6. He is married to Alka, who is an accomplished educationist. Their son Shishir & daughter Varsha are married and pursuing their respective careers.

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