NEW DELHI || Admiral Sunil Lanba has assumed Command of the Indian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff today. A Navigation and Direction specialist, Admiral Lanba served as the Navigation and Operations Officer onboard numerous ships in both the Eastern and Western Fleets.
His nearly four decades of experience includes tenure at sea, ashore at various Headquarters, Operational and Training establishments as well as tri-services institutions. His sea tenure includes command of INS Kakinada, a specialised Mine Counter Measure Vessel, INS Himgiri, the indigenous Leander class Frigate, INS Ranvijay, a Kashin class destroyer and INS Mumbai, the indigenous Delhi class destroyer.
He has also been the Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier, INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, College of Defence Management, Secundrabad and Royal College of Defence Studies, London, Admiral Lanba’s career has been enriched with his vast experience at sea, training, operational and tri-services tour of duty both within India and with international navies.
As a Training Officer at the National Defence Academy, Directing Staff at the College of Defence Management and as the Commandant of the National Defence College, Admiral Lanba has been deeply engaged with professional training, shaping future leadership and skilling of the officers of the Indian armed forces. Whilst being part of the Flag Officer Sea Training Organisation at the Local Workup Team (West), he sharpened the combat skills of the Western Naval Command.
The Admiral is a recipient of Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal for meritorious service and is also the Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the President of India.
Admiral Sunil Lanba is married to Reena. The couple is blessed with Moneesha and Sukriti, their daughters and Adhiraj, their son.