Admiral Sunil Lanba Takes Over As India’s New Navy Chief

Admiral Sunil Lanba has taken charge as the new Chief of the Naval Staff replacing Admiral RK Dhowan, who retired on May 31.



Admiral Sunil Lanba Getty

Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Girish Luthra has succeeded Lanba as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Western Naval Command.


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Vice Admiral Luthra (L) with Admiral Lanba (R) Indian Navy

Admiral Lanba handed over the command to Vice Admiral Luthra in Mumbai on May 31 in a ceremonial parade.


Admiral Lanba was commissioned in the Executive Branch of the Navy in 1978 and has headed the Southern Naval command of the Indian Navy and the National Defence College.

He has also commanded minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himgiri and has been the Executive Officer of INS Viraat in the past.


While addressing command officers and sailors in Mumbai, Lanba said that securing marine environment was his top priority while commanding to maintain highest faith of honour.

He went on to add that there is a requirement for all Navy personnel to work smart since there is a shortage of manpower which is expected to continue over next few years.


Before taking over as Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Command, Vice Admiral Luthra served as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command.


He was commissioned in July 1979 in the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy in Pune, and the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington and graduating for USA’s Naval Command Naval War College.

Back in 2012, Vice Admiral Luthra was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2008.

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