Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba will be succeeding Admiral Robin K Dhowan as India’s next Navy Chief. Lanba, who is currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Western naval command, will take over as the 23rd Chief of the Navy.
Lanba will become Admiral on May 31.
Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba meeting the Flag Officers of Western Naval Command. INV
Lanba has a distinguished career in the Naval service. Commissioned in January 1978, Vice Admiral Lanba has served as Commanding Officer (CO) of various ships: minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himgiri, and destroyers INS Ranvijay (D55) and INS Mumbai.
Vice Admiral Lanba shaking hands with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. Wikimedia Commons
He was then made the Vice Chief of Naval Staff where he served till Mar 30, 2015. Thereon, Vice Admiral Lanba was made the FOC-in-C of Southern Naval Command before appointed as FOC-in-C of Western Naval Command in January 2016.
Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba.
As the new Navy chief, Lanba will be expected to take forward the Naval mordernisation drive deftly handled by outgoing Navy chief Admiral Dhowan.
Lanba’s task is cut out: the acquisition of crucial missiles and defence systems, building stronger maritime cooperation with India’s allies especially in South East Asia, indigenous manufacture of submarines and ships, the long-term plan of making Indian Navy a true blue-water naval force, and checking the rise of China’s naval prowess.