Chief of the Naval Staff (India)

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Chief of the Naval Staff (India)
CNS
Admiral-ensign-Indian-Navy.svg
Flag of the Chief of the Naval Staff
Admiral Sunil Lanba.jpg
Incumbent
Admiral Sunil Lanba

since 31 May 2016
Seat Central Secretariat
Appointer The President of India
Term length 3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
Formation 1 April 1955
First holder Admiral Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey
Deputy Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral P Murugesan

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.[1][2]

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.[3] The office is based at South Block in Raisina Hill.

Appointments to the office are made by the President of India. 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]

No. Name Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 Sir William Edward Parry Admiral 26 January 1950 13 October 1951 KCB
2 Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey Admiral 13 October 1951 31 March 1955 KBE, CB, DSO & Bar

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

No. Name Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Decorations
1 Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey Admiral 1 April 1955 21 July 1955 KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
2 Sir Stephen Hope Carlill Vice Admiral 21 July 1955 21 April 1958 KBE, CB, DSO
3 Ram Dass Katari Vice Admiral Vice Admiral Ram Dass Katari.jpg 22 April 1958 4 June 1962 -
4 Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman Vice Admiral 4 June 1962 3 March 1966 -
5 Adhar Kumar Chatterji Admiral 3 March 1966 28 February 1970 -
6 Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda Admiral 28 February 1970 28 February 1973 Padma Vibhushan, PVSM, AVSM
7 Sourendra Nath Kohli Admiral 1 March 1973 29 February 1976 Padma Bhushan, PVSM
8 Jal Cursetji Admiral 1 March 1976 1 March 1979 PVSM
9 Ronald Lynsdale Pereira Admiral 1 March 1979 28 February 1982 PVSM, AVSM
10 Oscar Stanley Dawson Admiral Admiral Oscar Stanley Dawson.jpg 1 March 1982 30 November 1984 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
11 Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani Admiral Admiral Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani.jpg 1 December 1984 30 November 1987 PVSM, AVSM
12 Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni Admiral 1 December 1987 30 November 1990 PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC
13 Laxminarayan Ramdas Admiral 1 December 1990 30 September 1993 PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
14 Vijai Singh Shekhawat Admiral 1 October 1993 30 September 1996 PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC
15 Vishnu Bhagwat Admiral 1 October 1996 30 December 1998 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
16 Sushil Kumar Admiral 30 December 1998 29 December 2001 PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
17 Madhvendra Singh Admiral 29 December 2001 31 July 2004 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
18 Arun Prakash Admiral Arun Prakash.jpg 31 July 2004 31 October 2006 PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
19 Sureesh Mehta Admiral SureeshMehta (cropped).jpg 31 October 2006 31 August 2009 PVSM, AVSM, ADC
20 Nirmal Kumar Verma Admiral Admiral DK Joshi the new CNS being presented with a ceremonial Telescope by Outgoing CNS Admiral Nirmal Verma at South Block, New Delhi (cropped).jpg 31 August 2009 31 August 2012 PVSM, AVSM
21 Devendra Kumar Joshi Admiral DK Joshi official portrait.jpg 31 August 2012 26 February 2014 PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
22 Robin K Dhowan Admiral RK Dhowan.JPG 17 April 2014[4] 31 May 2016 PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
23 Sunil Lanba Admiral Sunil Lanba.jpg 31 May 2016 To date PVSM, AVSM, ADC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Admiral Sunil Lanba , PVSM, AVSM, ADC assumes command of Indian Navy". pib.nic.in. Government of India. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Chief of Naval Staff - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955". VakilNo1.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Acting CNS from 26 February 2014 to 17 April 2014, with the rank of Vice-Admiral