Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, will assume charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command (FOC-in-C, South). He was deputy chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Operations) at IHQ, Ministry of Defence (Navy) at Delhi prior to being appointed as the FOC-in-C (South). He was commissioned in the executive branch of the Indian Navy on July 1, 1979, and is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune, the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and Naval Command Naval War College, USA.