Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, presently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command, was appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff on 5 May 2016. He will assume the charge on 31 May 2016 as the 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian.
The first two Navy Chiefs were British, namely Admiral Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey and Vice-Admiral Sir Stephen Hope Carlill.
He will succeed present Navy Chief Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, who will superannuate from the post on 31 May 2016.
Lanba, 58, will have a full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019.
• He was commissioned into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy on 1 January 1978.
• During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in a variety of Command, operational and staff appointments.
• Vice Admiral Lanba’s Sea Command includes commanding the minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himgiri and Executive Officer of INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier.
• Before taking over as FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command, he was FOC-in-C, Southern Naval Command, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff and Commandant, National Defence College.
• He is a qualified specialist in navigation and direction course.
• He attended the course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.
• Born on 17 July 1957, Lanba is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.
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When: 5 May 2016