Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba Takes Charge as Navy Chief

Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC has as­sumed com­mand of the In­dian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff on May 31, 2016.

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By Rear Ad­mi­ral Sushil Ram­say (Retd)

Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, a naval thor­ough­bred and un­til re­cently the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, Western Naval Com­mand, has as­sumed the high of­fice of the Chief of the Naval Staff on May 31, 2016, con­se­quent upon su­per­an­nu­a­tion of Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan. Born on July 17, 1957, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba was com­mis­sioned on Jan­uary 1, 1978, into the Ex­ec­u­tive Branch of the In­dian Navy. A Nav­i­ga­tion and Di­rec­tion spe­cial­ist, he has served on board nu­mer­ous ships in both the Eastern and Western Fleets. His ca­reer span­ning nearly four decades in­cludes tenures at sea, ashore at var­i­ous head­quar­ters, op­er­a­tional and train­ing es­tab­lish­ments, as well as tri-ser­vices in­sti­tu­tions. His sea tenures in­clude com­mands of INS Kak­i­nada, a spe­cialised mine counter mea­sure ves­sel, INS him­giri, the in­dige­nous Le­an­der class frigate, INS Ran­vi­jay, a Kashin class de­stroyer and INS Mum­bai, the in­dige­nous Delhi class de­stroyer. He has also been the Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the air­craft car­rier, INS Vi­raat and the Fleet Oper­a­tions Of­fi­cer of the Western Fleet.

An alum­nus of the Na­tional De­fence Academy, Khadak­wasla, De­fence Ser­vices Staff Col­lege, Welling­ton, Col­lege of De­fence Man­age­ment, Se­cun­drabad, and Royal Col­lege of De­fence Stud­ies, Lon­don, Ad­mi­ral Lanba’s ca­reer has been en­riched with his vast ex­pe­ri­ence at sea, train­ing, op­er­a­tional and tri-ser­vices tour of duty both within In­dia and with in­ter­na­tional navies. Be­fore tak­ing over as Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, Western Naval Com­mand, he was Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing-in-Chief, South­ern Naval Com­mand, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff and the Com­man­dant, Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, New Delhi.

As a train­ing of­fi­cer at the Na­tional De­fence Academy, di­rect­ing staff at the Col­lege of De­fence Man­age­ment and as the Com­man-

dant of the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege, he has been deeply en­gaged with pro­fes­sional train­ing, shap­ing fu­ture lead­er­ship and skilling of the of­fi­cers of the In­dian armed forces.

On el­e­va­tion to flag rank he has held sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity as­sign­ments for the In­dian Navy. He was re­spon­si­ble for trans­for­ma­tion in train­ing method­ol­ogy for the fu­ture In­dian Navy as the Chief of Staff, South­ern Naval Com­mand. Thereaf- ter, he took on the man­tle of the Flag Of­fi­cer Sea Train­ing, where he ush­ered changes to en­hance bat­tle ef­fec­tive­ness of ships and ra­tio­nalised com­bat man­ning on board. Later, he took over as the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Ma­ha­rash­tra and Gu­jarat Naval Area, and im­ple­mented sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant coastal se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives along with multi-agency co­or­di­na­tion mech­a­nisms that have since en­sured safe seas and coastal ar­eas.

On pro­mo­tion as Vice Ad­mi­ral, he has been the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Com­mand, and Com­man­dant of the Na­tional De­fence Col­lege. In his ca­pac­ity as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff, he stream­lined the frame­work for trans­for­ma­tion of In­dian Navy’s com­bat ca­pa­bil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment as well as tris­er­vices ini­tia­tives to­wards en­hanc­ing in­te­gra­tion and joint­ness.

He is a re­cip­i­ent of Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal for mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice and is also the Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Pres­i­dent of In­dia.

Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, a son of a for­mer naval of­fi­cer, is first to rise to be­come the Chief of the Naval Staff. He is also the first Mayo Col­lege, Ajmer, alum­nus to rise to be­come the Chief of any of the armed forces of In­dia.

After as­sum­ing the of­fice of the Chief of the Naval Staff, Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba said, “It is in­deed an hon­our and a priv­i­lege for me to take over the com­mand of the In­dian Navy, one of the finest in the world.” He fur­ther added that over the years, the In­dian Navy has turned into a mod­ern and com­bat ready force ca­pa­ble of op­er­at­ing in all three di­men­sions. “The men and women who man the Navy are pro­fes­sion­ally trained, com­mit­ted and pa­tri­otic and are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that our na­tional in­ter­est are safe­guarded any­where, any­time and ev­ery­where,” he said.

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba calls-on De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar at South Block in New Delhi on June 2, 2016

Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba be­ing handed over the ba­ton by the out­go­ing Chief of Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan on May 31, 2016

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