Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba took charge as the new chief of the Naval Staff on Tuesday, as Admiral RK Dhowan superannuated from service.
“I am sure under his leadership, the Indian Navy will execute every task,” Dhowan said.
Vice Admiral Lanba complimented the personnel of the command who worked with synergy and teamwork in ensuring that ships, submarines and aircraft are maintained in a high state of combat readiness at all times.
In keeping with the fragile maritime environment of the region, he said there is a need to be ever vigilant in all quarters and all fronts, adding that he had no doubt that fire power from units of fleet, flotillas and squadrons could be delivered appropriately should the need arise.
Pointing towards the International Fleet Review held recently at Visakhapatnam, vice Admiral Lanba said presence of 50 countries in the review clearly indicates the growing stature of the country in the region.
He added that many countries have expressed the desire to cooperate and exercise with Indian Navy, which is indicative of professionalism, training and sound culture displayed by the service.
He also urged the need to continue working together to bring change and work smartly and apprised the personnel on the steps taken by WNC in addressing the long standing issue of shortage of married accommodation.
Born on July 17, 1957, Lanba was commissioned on January 1, 1978 into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy.
During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 38 years, he has served in a variety of command, operational and staff appointments.
Lanba’s Sea Command includes commanding the minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himgiri and executive officer of INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier.
Before taking over as FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command, he was FOC-in-C, Southern Naval Command, vice-chief of the Naval Staff and Commandant, National Defence College.
Vice Admiral Lanba is a qualified specialist in navigation and direction course.
He attended the course at the Royal College of Defence Studies in the UK.
He is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal and is married to Reena Lanba. The couple has a son and two daughters.