Sunil Lanba to be next Navy chief

Sunil Lanba to be next Navy chief

Sunil Lanba  to be next Navy chief

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba on Thursday has been appointed as the next Navy chief, who would take over from Admiral R K Dhowan on May 31.

Currently the commander-in-chief of the Western Naval Command in Mumbai, Lanba will remain Navy chief till May 2019.

Under Admiral Lanba, the Navy is likely to witness strengthening of its underwater arm because a bulk of the Scorpene class submarines as well as the nuclear-powered INS Arihant with nuclear capable missile will be commissioned in his tenure. The first submarine, to be named INS Kalvari, would be commissioned around September.

The first major warship to be commissioned under Admiral Lanba would be INS Chennai—the third Kolkata-class destroyer, constructed under Project 15A. The commissioning is likely around August-September.

Born on July 17, 1957, Lanba was commissioned on January 1, 1978 into the executive branch of the Navy and later commanded minesweeper INS Kakinada and frigate INS Himgiri. He also later became the executive officer of the aircraft carrier INS Viraat. A navigation and direction specialist, he served as navigating officer on-board missile corvette INS Sindhudurg and  frigate INS Dunagiri.

Before taking over as the commander-in-chief of the Western Naval Command, he was the commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command and the vice chief of the Navy.

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