Vice Admiral Yashwant Prasad
assumed charge of the Southern Naval Command with its headquarters
at Kochi on 15 Oct 03. A specilist in Navigation and Direction,
the Flag Officer is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff
College, Wellington, the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad,
and the General Staff Academy (Varashilov), Moscow, where he
qualified the course with distinction.
Vice Admiral Prasad
has commanded four frontline ships in the Indian Navy, namely
IN SDB-T52, the Training Frigate INS Brahmaputra where he was
also the Senior Officer of the First Training Squadron (TS I),
the Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvir and the Aircraft Carrier
INS Viraat. On becoming Rear Admiral in Dec 94, he shouldered
responsibilities as ACNS (Ops), Chief of Staff of the Western
Naval Command before assuming command of the prestigious Western
Fleet. He was last posted at Naval Headquarters as Chief of
Personnel since 10 Jan 03.
For his distinguished
services, the Flag Officer has been awarded the Vishisht Seva
Medal in 1993, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 1997 and the Param
Vishisht Seva Medal in 2003.