Vice Admiral Karambir Singh appointed as next Navy chief1 min read . Updated: 23 Mar 2019, 06:29 PM IST
- Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to succeed Sunil Lanba
- Singh is an naval helicopter pilot and has flown Chetak and Kamov helicopters
The Defence Ministry on Saturday announced the appointment of Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Navy chief to succeed Sunil Lanba, who is retiring on 31 March.
Singh, an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA), graduated from Barnes School in Deolali before joining the Khadakwasla based NDA. He hails from Punjab and a has military background — his father having served as Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force.
Born on 3 November 1959, Singh was commissioned on 1 July, 1980 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy.
Prior to his appointment as chief of Naval Staff, he also held the posts of deputy chief of naval staff and vice chief of naval staff, besides Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command.
As a naval helicopter pilot, Singh has flown Chetak and Kamov helicopters. He had also commanded the coast guard patrol vessel ICG Chandbibi, the naval missile carrier, INS Vijaydurg, besides two naval destroyers the INS Rana and the INS Delhi.
Other tasks entrusted to him in the past include Commander of Fleet Operations of the Western Fleet and Flag Officer Maharashtra Naval Area (FOMA)