Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba (58) has been appointed as next Chief of the Naval Staff. He will be 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian.
He will assume the charge on 31 May 2016 and shall have full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019.
He will succeed incumbent Navy Chief Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, who will superannuate from the post on 31 May 2016.
About Sunil Lanba
- Presently, Mr. Sunil Lanba is serving as 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.