The government has appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS).
Vice Admiral Singh will take over as the 24th Navy chief from incumbent CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is set to retire on May 31 on completing three years in office. He is currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command headquartered at Visakhapatnam.
Vice Admiral Singh is the senior-most naval aviator. He will be the first helicopter pilot of the Navy to become CNS. In a service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. He commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, Vice Admiral Singh earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters in support of fleet operations. Vice Admiral Bimal Verma would be the senior-most officer in the Navy once Admiral Lanba retires. But Vice Admiral Singh will now supersede him.