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Vice Admiral Karambir Singh To Be The Next Navy Chief

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| March 23 , 2019 , 15:39 IST

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will be the next Chief of Naval Staff, defence spokesperson informed in a tweet on Saturday.

“Government appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, FOC in C Eastern Naval Command as the next Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, who vacates the office on 31 May 2019,” the defence spokesperson tweeted.

Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who will retire on May 31. He is currently serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.

Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, Vice Admiral Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.

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The Admiral earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters.

He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions.

In his career spanning over 37 years, the Admiral has commanded Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi, said a Navy official.

On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam. His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman & Nicobar Islands and as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area.

 In the rank of Vice Admiral, he has been the Director-General Project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the Navy’s modern base at Karwar. He also served as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff at the Naval HQ.