Sunil Lanba, Vice Admiral Transfer to Higher Position as New Commanding-In-Chief of Wnc


Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba was served as Vice Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy from 2nd June 2014 to 30th Mar 2015. Previously, he has served as the Commandant of theNational Defence College at New Delhi from November 2012 to June 2014.

  • He was appointed into the Indian Navy in January 1978 as a Navigation officer and Direction specialist.
  • He served as a navigation officer on boardINS Sindhudurg (K72) and INS Dunagiri (F36) before serving as the Commanding Officer of various ships named: INS Kakinada, INS Himgiri (F34), INSRanvijay (D55) and INS Mumbai (D62).

About his achievements:

  • He was honoured by Param Vishisht Seva Medal and also Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
  • Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) is given in recognition to peace-time service of the most exceptional order.
  • Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) is given to recognize “eminent service of an exceptional order” to all ranks of the armed forces.

About appointed as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief:

  • Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba appointed as higher position as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command.
  • Western Naval Command is headquartered at Mumbai.
  • He was appointed at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra.
  • He succeeded Vice Admiral SPS Cheema who retired after served near about four decades in the Indian Navy.
  • Before Mr. Lanba was served as Commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi and head of the premier operational Command of the Indian Navy.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 1, 2016