Vice Admiral Lochan Singh Pathania assumed charge as the Chief Hydrographer to the Government of India on 1 February. The Indian Naval Hydrographic Department (INHD) is headed by the Chief Hydrographer. It is an Indian government agency responsible for hydrographic surveys and nautical charting in India.
Commissioned in the Executive branch of the Indian Navy in 1990, the Admiral is a Hydrography Specialist. He has commanded IN Ships Darshak and Sandhayak. During his career spanning more than three decades, he carried out hydrographic surveys across the entire stretch of the country and in IOR, including the challenging task of data collection for IMBL arbitration and for the production of the new chart in the Sundarbans delta. He also has the distinction of serving onboard HMS Bulldog of the Royal Navy.
The Admiral is an expert on International maritime law pertaining to maritime boundary delimitation and has immensely contributed to addressing issues pertaining to maritime boundaries and settlement of Extended continental shelf beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone.