Rajendra Singh Indian new Coast Guard chief

Rajendra Singh on Saturday took charge as the Director-General of the Indian Coast Guard, the first non-Navy officer to be elevated to the top post.

Rajendra Singh is the first non-Navy officer to head Coast Guard.

Mr. Singh, who belonged to the first batch of Indian Coast Guard in 1980 and was the Inspector-General (west region) during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, took charge from Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht.

Mr. Bisht will take over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, an official release said on Saturday.

Mr. Singh, who was awarded the Tatrakshak Medal by the President in 1990, has commanded each class of Coast Guard Ship in service, which includes the interceptor boat, inshore patrol vessel, fast patrol vessel, offshore patrol vessel and advanced offshore patrol vessel.