Next Chief Of Naval Staff – All You Need To Know

Hello aspirants,

Our current head of naval staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will retire on 30 May 2019, and our new chief will be current vice admiral Karambir Singh. In this post, we will know our yet to be naval chief in short. So let's begin

  1. The new procedure of selection
  • The new method was adopted for the selection of the chief, i.e. The government made the selection following a merit-based approach and did not go with the old way of appointing the senior-most eligible officer for the post.
  • The other contenders for the Navy Chief's post included Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, FOC-in-C of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar and FOC-in-C of Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla.

  1. Brief background
  • Singh was commissioned into the Indian Navy on July 1, 1980. He earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on Chetak and Kamov helicopters.
  • The new thing on Singh behalf is that he will be the first helicopter pilot officer to take charge of the position.

  1. Positions Held
  • Vice Admiral Singh is serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam at present.
  • Before taking the duty of F0C-in-C in the year 2017, He also served as Deputy Chief as well as Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
  • Some of the other positions held by Singh was Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).

  1. Ships commanded
  • In his career spanning over 37 years, the Admiral has commanded four ships — Indian Coast Guard ship Chandbibi, missile corvette INS Vijaydurg, guided missile destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi.
  • He also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the western fleet.

  1. Tenure of Chief of Naval Staff
  • The Navy Chief retires after a three-year tenure or attaining 62 years of age, whichever is earlier.
  • He will take charge on 31st May this year after the retirement of the current chief of naval staff Admiral Sunil Lamba.

This post will help you get the upper hand when you are going for SSB for navy or army as this question might be tossed up in an interview to check your knowledge of what's happening in the surroundings. I hope you all enjoyed reading the post.

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