Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as the new chief of navy staff.He succeded Admiral R.K.Dhowan and is the 23rd chief of indian navy.
He is appointed for a tenure of three years .
“I am sure under his leadership, the Indian Navy
will execute every task,” Dhowan said.
Vice Admiral Lanba complimented the personnel
of the command who worked with synergy and
teamwork in ensuring that ships, submarines
and aircraft are maintained in a high state of
combat readiness at all times.
In keeping with the fragile maritime environment
of the region, he said there is a need to be ever
vigilant in all quarters and all fronts, adding
that he had no doubt that fire power from units
of fleet, flotillas and squadrons could be
delivered appropriately should the need arise.
Pointing towards the International Fleet Review
held recently at Visakhapatnam, vice Admiral
Lanba said presence of 50 countries in the
review clearly indicates the growing stature of
the country in the region.
He added that many countries have expressed
the desire to cooperate and exercise with Indian
Navy, which is indicative of professionalism,
training and sound culture displayed by the
He also urged the need to continue working
together to bring change and work smartly and
apprised the personnel on the steps taken by
WNC in addressing the long standing issue of
shortage of married accommodation.
Born on July 17, 1957, Lanba was
commissioned on January 1, 1978 into the
Executive Branch of Indian Navy.
During his long and distinguished service
spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in a
variety of command, operational and staff
Lanba’s Sea Command includes commanding
the minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS
Himgiri and executive officer of INS Viraat, the
Before taking over as FOC-in-C, Western Naval
Command, he was FOC-in-C, Southern Naval
Command, vice-chief of the Naval Staff and
Commandant, National Defence College.
Vice Admiral Lanba is a qualified specialist in
navigation and direction course.
He attended the course at the Royal College of
Defence Studies in the UK.
He is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal
and Ati Vishist Seva Medal and is married to
Reena Lanba. The couple has a son and two