Friday, 6 May 2016

Facts About Next Indian Navy Chief: Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba PVSM , AVSM is the former Vice Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, held the office from 2 June 2014 to 30 Mar 2015. He is the current FOC-in-C of Western Command of Indian Navy. He has previously served FOC-in-C of Southern Command and as the Commandant of the National Defence College , New Delhi between November 2012 and June 2014. He is tipped to succeed Robin K. Dhowan as the Chief of Naval Staff when the latter retires in May 2016.

The 58-year-old, a specialist in Navigation and Direction, will have the full three-year tenure as the Navy Chief. He will succeed Admiral RK Dhowan who is retiring. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, he will be the 21st Indian to be the Navy Chief. The first two were British.

He is married to Reena Lanba who is a qualified teacher but has been a home maker since past few years. They have two daughters and one son

He will take over from Admiral Dhowan on the afternoon of May 31 and will be in office till May 31, 2019.

National Defense College Commandant Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba gives U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno a tour of the college’s archive display. Lanba was commissioned into the Indian Navy as an officer in January 1978 as a Navigation and Direction specialist. He served as a navigation officer on board INS Sindhudurg (K72) and INS Dunagiri (F36) before serving as the Commanding Officer (CO) of various ships: INS Kakinada, INS.

He is also an alumnus of the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad, where he has served as a faculty.

Vice Admiral Lanba has also held key staff assignments such as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and the Chief of Staff, Southern and Eastern Naval Commands.

He was also the Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area and Commandant, National Defence College.

He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi, prior to being appointed to head the Western Naval Command. He took over as the Vice Chief on June 2, 2014.

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.

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