Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Indian Navy chief from RK Dhowan: 5 things to know

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Published: May 31, 2016 11:29:36 AM

Meet Admiral Admiral Sunil Lanba, the man who on Tuesday assumed charge as new the chief of the Indian Navy, taking over from Admiral RK Dhowan.

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Indian Navy chiefMeet Admiral Admiral Sunil Lanba, the man who on Tuesday assumed charge as new the chief of the Indian Navy, taking over from Admiral RK Dhowan.

Meet Admiral Admiral Sunil Lanba, the man who on Tuesday assumed charge as new the chief of the Indian Navy, taking over from Admiral RK Dhowan. “I am sure under his (Sunil Lanba’s) leadership, the Indian Navy will execute every task,” Dhowan said.

On May 30, Lanba handed over the reins of Western Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra. Addressing the personnel on parade, Lanba complimented the personnel of the command who, “not withstanding the constrains of the service, have worked with synergy and teamwork in ensuring that ships, submarines and aricrafts are maintained in a high state of combat readiness at all times.”

Pointing towards the International Fleet Review held recently at Visakhapatnam, Lanba said that presence of 50 countries in the review clearly indicates the growing stature of the country in the region.

We take a look at five facts about the new Indian Navy chief, Sunil Lanba.

1) Born on July 17, 1957, Lanba was commissioned on January 1, 1978 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.

2) During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in a variety of Command, operational and staff appointments. His sea command includes commanding the minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himgiri and Executive Officer of INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier.

3) 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.

4) According to the Indian Navy release, Lanba is a qualified specialist in navigation and direction course. He attended the course at the Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.

5) Lanba is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal. He is married to Mrs. Reena Lanba and the couple have a son and two daughters.

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