New Delhi, Dec. 31 (Delhi Crown): Director General V.S. Pathania took over as the 24th Chief of Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Friday.
The Flag Officer is an alumni of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and National Defence College, New Delhi.
He is a qualified helicopter pilot and holds a Master’s Degree in Defence & Strategic Studies from the University of Madras. He has also undergone specialization in Search and Rescue and port operations with the U.S. Coast Guard. In his illustrious career spanning over 36 years, Pathania has held several key appointments afloat and ashore, prominent among them are Commander Coast Guard Region (North West) at Gandhi Nagar, Commander Coast Guard Region (West) at Mumbai, Deputy Director General (HRD), Deputy Director General (Policy &Plans) at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi.
The Flag Officer has also commanded all class of Coast Guard ships namely Inshore Patrol Vessel ‘Ranijindan’, Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Vigraha’ and Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel ‘Sarang’.