Prior to his tenure in the east, Vice admiral Chopra was the director general Indian Coast Guard, taking charge a few days after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in November 2008.
Under his helm, the Coast Guard saw an exponential increase in both its force levels, and operational deployments.
Earlier, he had been the fleet commander of the Navy's Sword Arm - the Western Fleet in 2008.
He got commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1975. The admiral was posted to Rome, Italy, in the mid-eighties, in connection with the induction of combat systems for the Navy's frontline units.
He has also spent a year in Washington DC, as a senior fellow at the United States Atlantic Council.
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