Admiral Sunil Lanba takes charge as Navy chief

Admiral Sunil Lanba (58) took charge as Chief of the Naval Staff. He will be 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian.
He succeeded Admiral Robin K. Dhowan who will superannuate from the post. He shall hall have full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019.
About Sunil Lanba

  • Prior to this appointment, he was Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command.
  • He is a specialist in Navigation and Direction and an alumnus of National Defense Academy (NDA) and Defence Services Staff College
  • He has very rich staff and operational experience over a career spanning more than three decades with the Indian Navy.
  • Important Assignments: He was commissioned into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy in 1978. He has served as Navigating Officer of INS Dunagiri (Frigate) and INS Sindhudurg (Corvette).
  • He also had commanded four frontline warships namely, INS Kakinada (Minesweeper), INS Ranvijay, INS Himgiri (Frigate) and INS Mumbai (Destroyers).
  • He also had held important staff assignments such as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern and Eastern Naval Commands.
  • He also had been the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area, Flag Officer Sea Training, Commandant at National Defence College and Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
  • Awards and Honours: For his distinguished service of an exceptionally high order, was awarded with the Param Vishist Seva Medal and Athi Vishist Seva Medal.



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