Who: Captain Krishna Swaminathan
What: Took over command of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya
When: 2 November 2015
Captain Krishna Swaminathan on 2 November 2015 assumed the charge as the second Commanding Officer of INS Vikramaditya at Karwar.
INS Vikramaditya is Indian Navy’s new and formidable aircraft carrier which was commissioned at Severodvinsk in Russia on 16 November 2013 and was being commanded by Captain Suraj Berry, NM. The ship is capable of operating MiG 29K/KuB fighters, Sea Harrier, Kamov 31, Kamov 28, Sea King, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and Chetak Helicopters from its deck.
Captain Swaminathan completed his schooling from Bishop Cottons Boy’s School, Bengaluru and Sainik School, Bijapur. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He received a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management from the Xavier Institute of Management, Mumbai. He completed his MA in Defence Studies from King’s College, London. He completed MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Mumbai University. Later, he submitted his thesis on international relations to the Mumbai University and obtained a PhD degree.
Swaminathan has been on the staff of the Western Fleet, an instructor at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and Director and Principal Director Naval Signals at Naval Headquarters. He also served as the Naval Assistant to the Chief of the Naval Staff. He commanded missile vessels INS Vidyut and Vinash, missile corvette INS Kulish and guided missile destroyer INS Mysore.