(pic: 7th Fleet Official site)
On Feb 6, 2002, Vice Admiral S.V. Gopalachari, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, departs USS Blue Ridge after meeting with Commander of 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral James Metzger and staff members to discuss regional issues of concern and topics of shared interests, including the fight against terrorism.
In Jan 2002, Vice Admiral S.V. Gopalachari took over as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff(DCNS) in place of Vice Admiral Raman Puri. Prior to this appointment he was Assistance Chief of Naval Staff(Policy and Plans).
Gopalachari, who has served as Director General of Project Seabird and Flag Officer Commanding of the Eastern Fleet, has also commanded three warships, Talwar, Abhay and Godavari.