New Delhi: Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba today took charge as the new Chief of the Naval Staff replacing Admiral RK Dhowan, who superannuated from service. Before taking over as the Navy Chief, Lanba (58) was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command. He is also a recipient of the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.
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.