December 28, 1998: The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, today took over as Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee. He succeeds Air Chief Marshal Satish Kumar Sareen, who attains superannuation on Dec. 31,1998.
In a resolution adopted by the Chief of Staff Committee, Admiral Bhagwat and General Ved Prakash Malik, Chief of Army Staff, placed on record deep appreciation for the contribution made by Air Chief Sareen first as a member of the Committee and later as the Chairman of COSC. He took over as Chairman, COSC on Oct. 1, 1997.
During Air Chief Sareen’s tenure, the COSC was instrumental in making intelligence briefing more meaningful, forming a “weakness study group” to plan and crystallise with up to date ground position, information technology, website on the Armed Forces, recommendations to the high-level committee on the Fifth Pay Commission on issues having significant impact on the morale of the Forces’ and the constitution of the Vice Chief of Staff Committee to consider issues before being put up to the COSC.
Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat lauded the work done by Air Chief Marshal Sareen, his in-depth professional knowledge and strong sense of planning. He wished the outgoing chairman “fair winds and fondling seas.” In his farewell address, Air Chief Marshal Satish Kumar Sareen said that it was his endeavour to keep the decision making process on the basis of consensus and guide committees and sub-committees to emerge as strong entities and in a spirit of mutual trust, understanding and cooperation.
“It would be in fitness of things, if the blue prints already laid down are pursued to the logical conclusion. This will greatly help in giving a clear direction to our efficient and valiant fighting forces,” he said. Air Chief Sareen conveyed his appreciation to colleagues in the R & AW, from IB, the JIC as well as from other arms and services, who have assisted, participated and collaborated in all deliberations of the Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry today said it had expunged adverse remarks by Naval headquarters against Andaman Fortress Commander Vice Admiral Harinder Singh following a Calcutta High Court directive that the Chief of Naval Staff (cns) should not handle the case, reports PTI.
“The Defence Ministry’s intervention came at the express direction of the High Court. The court had said that the case shall not be handled by the cns but it should be handled exclusively by the Defence ministry,” a Ministry spokesman said. The appointment of Harinder Singh as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff has sparked off a row between the Defence Ministry and the Naval headquarters, with the latter declining to accept the decision of the Appointments Committee of the Union Cabinet.