Admiral Karambir Singh took over the charge of Chief of Indian Naval Staff at a ceremony in New Delhi on Friday. He became the 24th chief of Naval staff(CNS). He succeeded Admiral Sunil Lanba who stepped down upon his superannuation on 31 May 2019 to become Indian Navy Chief.
The tenure of a Service Chief is three years or 62 years of age, whichever is earlier.
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma again moved Armed Forces Tribunal against Karambir Singh’s appointment as Navy chief.
The Army and the Air Force too will see a change of guard later this year. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa is set to retire in October 2019 and Army Chief Gen. Rawat will superannuate in end December 2019.
An alumnus of the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla,
Admiral Karambir Singh held various key positions in the Navy in a career spanning over 39 years.
He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai.
His long and distinguished service in Indian Navy spans over period of 39 years during which he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instrctional appointments.
He was commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980 where he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters.
He has commanded several Indian Coast Guard Ships (ICGS) Chandbibi, Missile Corvette Indian Navy Ship (INS) Vijaydurg as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers,INS Rana and INS Delhi.
He is the most senior naval aviator and is the first helicopter pilot of the Indian Navy to become the Chief of the Naval Staff.
He has served as member of Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS) and also as Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).
He was the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command, headquartered in Visakhapatnam.
Admiral Singh is scheduled to continue in the post till November 2021.