Rajendra Singh first non-navy officer to head Coast Guard

Posted on:26 Feb 2016 11:06:18
Rajendra Singh first non-navy officer to head Coast Guard
26 February 2016 Current Affairs: Rajendra Singh, an officer from the Coast Guard cadre, has been named to head the force, the first time an officer who is not from the Indian Navy has been elevated to the position.The director generals post has so far only been held by officers who were commissioned in the Indian Navy.Before this, two officers, Rameshwar Singh and Prabhakaran Paleri, who were from the Coast Guard stream, were elevated to the top post. However, they were Indian Navy officers on permanent secondment to the Coast Guard.Rajinder Singh is currently additional director general of the Coast Guard. A 1980 batch officer, he was the first from the Coast Guard cadre to be elevated to three-star officer when the defence ministry approved his apppointment to his currnt post in in 2013.

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