Eastern Naval Command Flag officer commanding in chief (FOC-in-C) Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will be next Indian Navy chief and will be replacing current chief of Indian Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba.
Current Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will retire on May 31. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will be the first helicopter pilot to be the Navy Chief.
Ministry of defence (MoD) in a tweet said, “Government appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval command as the next chief of naval staff Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, who vacates the office on 31 May 2019.”
Admiral Karambir is presently the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of Vishakapatnam based Eastern Naval Command. Singh, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, was commissioned in to the Indian Navy in July 1980.
He earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982. Singh is also an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) Wellington, College of Naval Warfare and has held several key command, staff and instructional appointments in his career spanning over 39 years.
His sea commands include Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. He has been conferred with the Param Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) and the Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM).
He has also served as the Fleet Operations officer of the Western Fleet; Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval command; Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command; Flag Officer Maharashtra and Gujarat area (FOMAG); Joint Director Naval Air Staff at Naval HQ; Captain Air and Officer-in-charge of the Naval Air Station, Mumbai.