Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba New Chief of the Naval Staff (Download PDF)


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Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba (58) is appointed as next Chief of the Naval Staff and with this he becomes 23rd chief of Indian Navy and 21st as an Indian. He will take the charge on 31st May 2016 and will be served for full three-year-term in office till 31 May 2019.

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Sunil Lanba New Chief of the Naval Staff

  • He will replace obligatory Navy Chief Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, due to his superannuation from the post on 31 May 2016.

About Sunil Lanba

  • He was born on 17th July 1957.
  • Mr. Sunil Lanba is serving as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Western Naval Command currently.
  • He is a professional in Navigation and Direction and an alumnus of National Defense Academy (NDA) and Defence Services Staff College.
  • He has very rich experience over a career spanning more thirty years with the Indian Navy.

Important Assignments:

  • In 1978 he was specially made into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy.
  • He also has served as Navigating Officer of INS Dunagiri (Frigate) and INS Sindhudurg (Corvette).
  • He also had directed four frontline warships namely, INS Kakinada (Minesweeper), INS Ranvijay, INS Himgiri (Frigate) and INS Mumbai (Destroyers).
  • He had held significant staff assignments such as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern and Eastern Naval Commands.
  • He had also served as 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:
  • Param Vishist Seva Medal for his distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.
  • Athi Vishist Seva Medal.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 9, 2016

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