Chief of the Naval Staff (India)

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Chief of the Naval Staff
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Incumbent
Admiral Karambir Singh

since 31 May 2019
 Indian Navy
AbbreviationCNS
Member ofNational Security Council
SeatCentral Secretariat
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)
Term length3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
Constituting instrumentNavy Act, 1957 (Act No. 62 of 1957)
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Navy
Formation26 January 1950; 70 years ago (1950-01-26)
First holderAdmiral Sir William Edward Parry
DeputyVice Chief of the Naval Staff
Salary1,200,000 (US$17,000) monthly[1][2]

The Chief of the Naval Staff is the head, chief executive and chairman of the military staff of the Indian Navy. The Chief of the Naval Staff is the highest ranking naval officer on active service of the Indian Armed Forces unless the Chief of Defence is a navy officer. The Chief of Naval Staff is the primary adviser to the Government of India on naval affairs. The position is abbreviated CNS in Indian Navy cables and communication, and is always held by a full Admiral. The Chief of the Naval Staff is assisted by the Vice Chief of the navy staff.

The current CNS is Admiral Karambir Singh. The 24th Navy Chief, he took over from Admiral Sunil Lanba, who retired on 31 May 2019 after four decades of service from the navy.[3][4]

Office of the Chief of the Naval Staff[edit]

At Independence, the head of the Navy was designated the "Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Navy."[5] On 21 June 1948, the title of "Chief of the Naval Staff" was added,[6] with a re-designation to "Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Navy".

The "Royal" designation was dropped when India became a republic on 26 January 1950. Thus re-designating the head of Indian Navy to "Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy".

The "Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955" re-designated the head of Indian Navy to "Chief of Naval Staff".[7] The post was held by a three-star rank Vice Admiral until 1968, when it was upgraded to the four-star rank of a full Admiral.

Appointments to the office are made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The Chief of the Naval Staff generally reaches superannuation upon serving three years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Appointees[edit]

The following tables chronicle the appointees to the office of the Chief of the Naval Staff.

Chief of the Naval Staff and Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy (1950-1955)[edit]

No. Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sir William Edward Parry KCB
Parry, William EdwardAdmiral
Sir William Edward Parry KCB
(1893–1972)
26 January 195013 October 19511 year, 260 days
2
Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
Pizey, Charles Thomas MarkAdmiral
Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
(1899–1993)
13 October 195131 March 19553 years, 169 days

Chief of the Naval Staff (1955–present)[edit]

No. Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
Pizey, CharlesAdmiral
Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
(1899–1993)
1 April 195521 July 1955111 days
2
Sir Stephen Hope Carlill KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
Carlill, Stephen HopeVice-Admiral
Sir Stephen Hope Carlill KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
(1902–1996)
21 July 195521 April 19582 years, 274 days
3
Ram Dass Katari
Katari, Ram DassVice-Admiral
Ram Dass Katari
(1911–1983)
22 April 19584 June 19624 years, 43 days
4
Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman
Soman, Bhaskar SadashivVice-Admiral
Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman
(1913–1995)
4 June 19623 March 19663 years, 272 days
5
Adhar Kumar Chatterji
Chatterji, Adhar KumarAdmiral
Adhar Kumar Chatterji
(1914–2001)
3 March 196628 February 19703 years, 362 days
6
Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda PVSM, AVSM
Nanda, Sardarilal MathradasAdmiral
Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda PVSM, AVSM
(1915–2009)
28 February 197028 February 19733 years, 0 days
7
Sourendra Nath Kohli PVSM
Kohli, Sourendra NathAdmiral
Sourendra Nath Kohli PVSM
(1916–1997)
1 March 197329 February 19762 years, 365 days
8
Jal Cursetji PVSM
Cursetji, JalAdmiral
Jal Cursetji PVSM
(1919–1991)
1 March 19761 March 19793 years, 0 days
9
Ronald Lynsdale Pereira PVSM, AVSM
Pereira, Ronald LynsdaleAdmiral
Ronald Lynsdale Pereira PVSM, AVSM
(1923–1993)
1 March 197928 February 19822 years, 364 days
10
Oscar Stanley Dawson PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Dawson, Oscar StanleyAdmiral
Oscar Stanley Dawson PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(1923–2011)
1 March 198230 November 19842 years, 274 days
11
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani PVSM, AVSM
Tahiliani, Radhakrishna HariramAdmiral
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani PVSM, AVSM
(1930–2015)
1 December 198430 November 19872 years, 364 days
12
Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC
Nadkarni, Jayant GanpatAdmiral
Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC
(1931–2018)
1 December 198730 November 19902 years, 364 days
13
Laxminarayan Ramdas PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
Ramdas, LaxminarayanAdmiral
Laxminarayan Ramdas PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
(born 1933)
1 December 199030 September 19932 years, 303 days
14
Vijai Singh Shekhawat PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC
Shekhawat, Vijai SinghAdmiral
Vijai Singh Shekhawat PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC
(born 1937[8])
1 October 199330 September 19962 years, 365 days
15
Vishnu Bhagwat PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Bhagwat, VishnuAdmiral
Vishnu Bhagwat PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1939[9])
1 October 199630 December 19982 years, 90 days
16
Sushil Kumar PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, NM, ADC
Kumar, SushilAdmiral
Sushil Kumar PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, NM, ADC
(1940–2019[10])
30 December 199829 December 20012 years, 364 days
17
Madhvendra Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Singh, MadhvendraAdmiral
Madhvendra Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1942[11])
29 December 200131 July 20042 years, 215 days
18
Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
Prakash, ArunAdmiral
Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
(born 1944)
31 July 200431 October 20062 years, 215 days
19
Sureesh Mehta PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Mehta, SureeshAdmiral
Sureesh Mehta PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1947)
31 October 200631 August 20092 years, 304 days
20
Nirmal Kumar Verma PVSM, AVSM
Verma, Nirmal KumarAdmiral
Nirmal Kumar Verma PVSM, AVSM
(born 1951)
31 August 200931 August 20123 years, 0 days
21
Devendra Kumar Joshi PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
Joshi, Devendra KumarAdmiral
Devendra Kumar Joshi PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
(born 1954)
31 August 201226 February 20141 year, 179 days
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Robin K. Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
Dhowan, RobinVice Admiral
Robin K. Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
(born 1954)
Acting
26 February 201417 April 201450 days
22
Robin K. Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
Dhowan, RobinAdmiral
Robin K. Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
(born 1954)
17 April 201431 May 20162 years, 44 days
23
Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Lanba, SunilAdmiral
Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1957)
31 May 201631 May 20193 years, 0 days
24
Karambir Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Admiral
Karambir Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1959)
[12]
31 May 2019Incumbent1 year, 145 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission of India" (PDF). Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ Biswas, Shreya, ed. (29 June 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?". India Today. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC assumes command of Indian Navy". pib.nic.in. Government of India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Chief of Naval Staff - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Press Note" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. 10 February 1947. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Press Communique" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. 21 June 1948. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  7. ^ "The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955". VakilNo1.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ Service Chiefs of India, S.Sartaj Alam Abidi & Satinder Sharma P. 127
  9. ^ Service Chiefs of India, S.Sartaj Alam Abidi & Satinder Sharma P. 131
  10. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/former-indian-navy-chief-sushil-kumar-dies-1622954-2019-11-27
  11. ^ Service Chiefs of India, S.Sartaj Alam Abidi & Satinder Sharma P. 135
  12. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/vice-admiral-karambir-singh-appointed-next-navy-chief/article26618416.ece