Chief of the Naval Staff (India)

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Chief of the Naval Staff
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Flag of the Chief of the Naval Staff
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Incumbent
Admiral Sunil Lanba

since 31 May 2016
 Indian Navy
Abbreviation CNS
Member of Strategic Policy Group
Seat Central Secretariat
Appointer Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)
The Chief of the Naval Staff is usually the senior-most Indian Navy officer of the senior most batch. The appointee for the office is approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister, based on appointee's ability and strong confidence with Prime Minister.
Term length 3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
Precursor Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy
Formation 1 April 1955; 63 years ago (1955-04-01)
First holder Admiral Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey
Deputy Vice Chief of the Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar
Salary 250,000 (US$3,500) monthly[1][2]

The Chief of the Naval Staff is the commander and the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Navy. The position is abbreviated CNS in Indian Navy cables and communication, and usually held by a four-star officer in the rank of Admiral.

The current CNS is Admiral Sunil Lanba. The 23rd Navy Chief, he took over from Admiral Robin K. Dhowan, who retired on 31 May 2016 after four decades of service from the navy.[3][4]

Office of the Chief of the Naval Staff[edit]

The office of the Chief of the Naval Staff was created by The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act of the Indian Parliament in 1955, replacing the erstwhile office of the Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy.[5] The office is based at South Block in Raisina Hill.

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]

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy (1950-1955)[edit]

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

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

Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Sir Charles Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
Pizey, CharlesAdmiral
Sir Charles Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
(1899–1993)
1 April 195521 July 1955111 days
2
Sir Stephen Hope Carlill KBE, CB, DSO
Carlill, Stephen HopeVice Admiral
Sir Stephen Hope Carlill KBE, CB, DSO
(1902–1996)
21 July 195521 April 19582 years, 274 days
3
Ram Dass Katari
Katari, Ram DassAdmiral
Ram Dass Katari
(1911–1983)
22 April 19584 June 19624 years, 43 days
4
Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman
Soman, Bhaskar SadashivAdmiral
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 Padma Vibhushan,PVSM, AVSM
Nanda, Sardarilal MathradasAdmiral
Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda Padma Vibhushan,PVSM, AVSM
(1915–2009)
28 February 197028 February 19733 years, 0 days
7
Sourendra Nath Kohli Padma Bhushan,PVSM
Kohli, Sourendra NathAdmiral
Sourendra Nath Kohli Padma Bhushan,PVSM
(1916–1997)
1 March 197329 February 19762 years, 365 days
8
Jal Cursetji PVSM
Cursetji, JalAdmiral
Jal Cursetji PVSM
(born 1919)
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
1 October 199330 September 19962 years, 365 days
15
Vishnu Bhagwat PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Bhagwat, VishnuAdmiral
Vishnu Bhagwat PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1944)
1 October 199630 December 19982 years, 90 days
16
Sushil Kumar PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
Kumar, SushilAdmiral
Sushil Kumar PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
30 December 199829 December 20012 years, 364 days
17
Madhvendra Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Singh, MadhvendraAdmiral
Madhvendra Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
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 1954)
31 May 2016Incumbent2 years, 134 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission of India" (PDF). Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ Biswas, Shreya, ed. (June 29, 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?". India Today. Retrieved September 24, 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. ^ "The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955". VakilNo1.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.