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The Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), with its HQ at Port Blair, is commanded by a three star officer who reports directly to Lieutenant General Hardev Singh Lidder, who is the CISC (Chief of Integrated Service Command) in New Delhi. Rear Admiral P K Nair serves as the Chief of Staff, ANC and reports to the three star officer. The ANC, which came into being on 08 October 2001, is an operational unified tri-command which is being used to monitor & counter military and terrorist activities in the Bay of Bengal and the adjoining waters. Lying 1,190 km east of Chennai (Madras), the ANC is also viewed as countering Chinese monitoring centers in Myanmar (Burma). Although operational, constructing & equipping the base will take longer. Command of the ANC will rotate among the three services.
The Southern Naval Command, with its HQ in Cochin (Kochi), is commanded by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, currently Vice Admiral Jagjit Singh Bedi. The SNC is the Indian Navy's main training command and is equipped with professional naval establishments, a naval air station, and a ship repair yard. It is also home to INS Dronacharya, a trials establishment center. It is here, where naval variants of the Trishul SAM are tested. The base also undertakes training of naval and coast guard personnel in all aspects of naval missile and gunnery systems.