Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, on Tuesday, took charge as the Chief of Naval Staff in New Delhi as the current CNS Admiral R.K.Dhowan retired after four decade of service.Admiral RK Dhowan. “I am sure under his (Sunil Lanba’s) leadership, the Indian Navy will execute every task,” Dhowan said.
Lanba was handed over the reins of Western Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra on May 30.
On May 6, 2016, the government appointed Lanba, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command as the Chief of Naval Staff.
Vice Admiral Lanba, 58, is a qualified specialist in navigation and direction course and will have a full three-year-term in office till May 31, 2019.Vice Admiral Lanba is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal and the Athi Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.He attended the course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.
Born on July 17, 1957, Lanba was commissioned on January 1, 1978 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.Vice-Admiral Lanba has served in a variety of Command, operational and staff appointments. He has commanded four frontline warships — INS Kakinada (minesweeper), INS Himgiri (frigate) and destroyers INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai.