Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, AVSM, VSM
Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh assumed the duties as Commander–in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command on 01 March 2021. An alumnus of UP Sainik School Lucknow and the prestigious National Defence Academy, he was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2011 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2016 for his exemplary service to the nation.
The Flag Officer has served on a large number of operational naval ships. He was the Navigating officer of INS Kamorta (during OP PAWAN), and Destroyer Ranjit, besides being the Fleet Navigating Officer of Western Fleet during Op PARAKRAM. The Flag Officer has commanded Indian Naval Ships Veer (Missile Vessel), Vindhyagiri (Frigate), Trishul (Guided Missile Frigate) and Viraat (Aircraft Carrier). He has also been an instructor at the National Defence Academy, Navigation & Direction School at Kochi and Directing Staff at DSSC Wellington.
The Flag Officer received his first Masters from Madras University during the Staff Course at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, wherein he was awarded the Scudder Medal. The Flag Officer has also earned a Master’s Degree in Global Security from Cranfield University, United Kingdom in 2005.
He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 2012 and has served in important staff appointments of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy & Plans) at Naval Headquarters. Thereafter, he was selected for the prestigious operational command of the Eastern Fleet. On promotion to Vice Admiral, in 2015, he was appointed as Dy Commander-in-Chief, Strategic Forces Command and subsequently appointed as the Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command in January 2018. Prior to taking over the reins of Eastern Naval Command, the Flag Officer was Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations & Training) at the tri-Service Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff, New Delhi.
The Flag Officer is married to Mrs Charu Singh and the couple are blessed with two daughters Ambika and Ajita.