Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Indian Navy chief

Admiral Sunil Lanba (left) taking over the navy chief’s baton from outgoing Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan.

NEW DELHI: Admiral Sunil Lanba, who has command Destroyers INS Mumbai and INS Ranvijay, today took over the reins of the Indian Navy as its twenty-third Chief of Naval Staff in independent India’s history. He took over the top job of the navy from Admiral R. K. Dhowan, who retired from service.

  • A Navigation and Direction specialist, Lanba, has served on board several warships on both the eastern and western fleets of the Indian Navy in his career spanning four decades.
  • The 59-year-old Admiral has also commanded special mine counter measure vessel INS Kakinada and Leander-class frigate INS Himgiri.
  • Was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western Naval Command headquartered in Mumbai before assuming the charge as the top naval officer of the country.
  • Has previously held senior positions in the navy, such as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff and as the FOC-in-C of the Southern Naval Command.
  • Has also been the Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is Vice Chief

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff today, taking over from Vice Admiral P. Murugesan, who retired today.

  • The Admiral is a helicopter pilot, having earned his wings in 1982, and has extensively flown the Chetak and Kamov choppers.
  • Was previously the Deputy Chief of the Navy and had also handled the task of the Director General of Project Seabird that involved infrastructure development of the expansive modern Karwar naval base on India’s West coast.
  • Has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship, a Naval Missile Corvette, and Guided Missile Destroyers. Has served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet
  • Was previously Eastern Naval Command and tri-services Andaman and Nicombar Command Chief of Staff, and Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).

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