On the 38th Raising day of the Indian Coast Guard on 01 Feb 15, Vice Admiral HCS Bisht AVSM took over the helms of the service as the 21st Director General Indian Coast Guard. He succeeded Vice Admiral Anurag Thapliyal AVSM & Bar, who retired from the service on superannuation. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy Khadakvasla, Pune and the Naval Academy Kochi, the Admiral was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1979 and is a Gunnery Specialist.
The Flag Officer is a graduate of the 1992 batch of the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich (UK). He also attended the Naval Higher Command Course at the College of Naval Warfare, Karanja, Mumbai in 2001 and completed the 47th NDC course at New Delhi in 2007.
The Admiral has held a number of important afloat, training and staff appointments which includes commissioning Commanding Officer of the Missile Corvette INS Kora, Commanding Officer of the Stealth Frigate, INS Tabar and DA at the High Commission of India, Singapore. His flag appointments include Assistant Controller of Carrier Projects, Chief of Staff Southern Naval Command, Flag Officer Sea Training at Kochi, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet at Visakhapatnam, Asst Chief of Personnel (HRD) and Controller Personnel Services (CPS) at IHQ, MoD(N).