Vice Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba is the CNS des­ig­nate

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Vice Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, presently the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, West­ern Naval Com­mand, has been ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment to be the next Chief of the Naval Staff with ef­fect from the af­ter­noon of May 31, 2016. The present Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan will su­per­an­nu­ate from ser­vice on May 31, 2016.

Born on July 17, 1957, Vice Ad­mi­ral Lanba was com­mis­sioned on Jan­uary 1, 1978, into the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch of the In­dian Navy. Dur­ing his long and dis­tin­guished ser­vice span­ning nearly 38 years, he has served in a va­ri­ety of Com­mand, Op­er­a­tional and staff ap­point­ments. His Sea Com­mands in­clude com­mand­ing the Minesweeper, INS Kak­i­nada, Frigate INS Him­giri and Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of INS Vi­raat, the air­craft car­rier. Be­fore tak­ing over as FOCin-C, West­ern Naval Com­mand, he was FOC-in-C, South­ern Naval Com­mand, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff and the Com­man­dant, National De­fence Col­lege, New Delhi.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Lanba is a qual­i­fied spe­cial­ist in nav­i­ga­tion and di­rec­tion course. He at­tended the course at the Royal Col­lege of De­fence Stud­ies, UK. Vice Ad­mi­ral Lanba is a re­cip­i­ent of Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal.

Vice Ad­mi­ral Lanba on May 31, 2016 will strike two firsts—son of a for­mer naval of­fi­cer first to rise to be­come the Chief of the Naval Staff and the first Mayo Col­lege alum­nus to rise to be­come the Chief of any of the three armed forces of In­dia.

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