Commodore Alok Bhatnagar, Naval Officer-in-Charge (Tamil Nadu & Puducherry) has taken over as Flag Officer Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area on promotion to rank of Rear Admiral today, 18 November 2015. Till now, an officer in the rank of Commodore was the senior most Naval Officer in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. This post has been elevated to Flag Officer and Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar will be the first Naval Officer to occupy the newly created billet.
Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar is an alumnus of the 66th Course of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, having graduated in May 1984. At sea, the officer has served on 14 different ships in various capacities. The officer has commanded IN TRV A71 (a Torpedo Recovery Vessel), INS Prahar (an indigenously built Missile Boat), INS Kulish (an indigenously built Missile Corvette) and INS Jalashwa (a Landing Platform Dock).
Major shore appointments of the Flag Officer include Director Naval Plans at Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy), Naval Attache in Washington DC and Principal Director International Fleet Review at IHQ MoD (Navy), New Delhi.
Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar, a specialist in Navigation and Direction, is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the College of Naval Warfare, Karanja. The Flag Officer holds degrees of MSc (Defence Studies) from University of Madras and M.Phil from Mumbai University. He was commended by the Chief of the Naval Staff in 2002 and awarded Nao Sena Medal for Devotion to Duty in 2010.
Rear Admiral Alok Bhatnagar, a keen golfer and yachtsman, is married and has two sons.