Admiral Sunil Lanba takes charge as Indian Navy chief


New Delhi: Admiral Sunil Lanba took over as the new Chief of Naval Staff on Tuesday. 58-year-old Lanba, a specialist in Navigation and Direction, will have the full three-year tenure as the Navy Chief. He has succeeded Admiral RK Dhowan. “I am sure under his leadership, the Indian Navy will execute every task,” Dhowan said.

An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, he is the 21st Indian to be the Navy Chief. The first two were British. In a service spanning nearly 38 years, Vice-Admiral Lanba has served in a variety of Command, operational and staff appointments. He has commanded four frontline warships — INS Kakinada (minesweeper), INS Himgiri (frigate) and destroyers INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai.

Vice Admiral Lanba is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal and the Athi Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.