Sunil Lanba

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Sunil Lanba

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy.jpg
Official portrait
Born (1957-07-17) 17 July 1957 (age 61)
Palwal, Punjab, India
(now in Haryana, India)
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Years of service1 January 1978 – 31 May 2019
RankIN Admiral Shoulder curl.png 14-Indian Navy-ADM.svg Admiral
Commands held
Awards
Spouse(s)Reena Lanba
Relations2 daughters and 1 son

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC (born 17 July 1957[1]) is a retired Indian naval officer who served as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. He assumed the office on 31 May 2016 after Admiral Robin K. Dhowan and demitted office three years later on 31 May 2019. During this time, he also served as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee and Honourary Aide-de-Camp to the President of India.

Early life and education[edit]

Lanba was born on 17 July 1957 and hails from Palwal district, Haryana.[2][3] He attended Mayo College, Ajmer; National Defense Academy, Pune; Defense Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Defence Management, Secunderabad and Royal College of Defense Studies, London, and is a post-graduate in Defense and Management studies.[4][5]

Military career[edit]

National Defense College Commandant Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba gives U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno a tour of the college's archive display

Lanba was commissioned into the Indian Navy as an officer on 1 January 1978 into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy.[2] He is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served as the navigation and operations officer onboard various ships in both the Eastern and Western Fleets. He, over four decades, has served as a navigation officer on board INS Sindhudurg and INS Dunagiri before serving as the commanding officer (CO) of various ships: minesweeper INS Kakinada, frigate INS Himgiri, INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai.[6] He also served as executive officer of aircraft carrier INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.[2][5]

He has also held numerous training positions like training officer at the National Defence Academy; Directing Staff at the College of Defence Management; Commandant of the National Defence College and Flag Officer Sea Training organisation at the Local Workup Team (West), Western Naval Command.

Lanba on being elevated to flag rank, was the flag officer commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area.(FOMAG) and Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. On being promoted to vice admiral, he was the Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command; Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern and Western Naval Commands; Fleet Oper and the Vice Chief of Naval Staff from 2 June 2014 to 30 March 2015.[7][6][8][6][9][10][11]

On 5 May 2016, the Union Government announced that Lanba will take charge as the Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 May 2016, replacing Admiral Robin K. Dhowan who retired the same day.[2][7]

He took over as the Chairman of the chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) from outgoing IAF chief Marshal Arup Raha on 29 December 2016.

Admiral R. K. Dhowan, the outgoing CNS, handovers the traditional telescope of the CNS to Admiral Lanba as he takes charge as the chief at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi, on 31 May 2016.

Bi-lateral visits as CNS[edit]

Country Date Purpose References
2016
 Myanmar 1–4 November
  • Bi-lateral discussions with First Vice President, Vice Senior General and Service Chiefs of Army and Navy
  • Visit National Defence College, Defence Services Academy and Naval Training Command
[12]
 Sri Lanka 27 November – 1 December
  • Bi-lateral meetings with President, Prime Minister and 3 Service Chiefs
  • Key note speaker at Galle Dialogue
[13]
 Japan 19–23 December
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Chief of Staff(JMSDF), MoS for Defence, Joint Staff
[14]
2017
 UAE 26–28 February
  • Bi-lateral meetings with MoS for Defence, Chief of Staff, Commander of Naval force
  • Visit to Ghantoot Naval Base, National Defence College (UAE) and Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Naval College
[15]
 Oman 1–2 March
  • Bi-lateral meetings with MoS for Defence, Service Chiefs
  • Visit to Sultan Qaboos Naval Academy and Said Bin Naval Base
[15]
 Malaysia 11–15 April
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Deputy Minister of Defence, Chief of Royal Malaysian Defence Forces and the 3 service Chiefs
  • Visit to submarine base and Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Command and Staff College
[16]
 Singapore 15 May – 19 May
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Forces, Chief of Navy
  • Attend International Maritime Review (IMR) and International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2017
[17]
 Israel 12–15 June
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Defence Minister, Chief of General Staff, Commander-in-Chief of Israeli Navy, Commander of Israeli Air Force and Commander of Israeli Ground Forces
  • Visit to Haifa Naval Base and other military establishments
[18][19]
 Mozambique 23–25 July
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Minister of National Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, and the three service Chiefs
  • Visit to Instituto Superior De Estudos De Defesa (ISEDEF) and Hero’s Square
[20]
 Tanzania 26–30 July
  • Bi-lateral meetings with President of Tanzania, Minister of Defence and National Service, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Defence Forces and the three service Chiefs
  • Visit to the Command and Staff College
[20]
 Vietnam 4–7 October
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Prime Minister of Vietnam, Defence Minister, Vice Minister of National Defence, Chief of General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People’s Navy
  • Visit to the National Defence Academy, Vietnam Naval Academy, Naval Region 4 and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
[21]
 France 5–10 November
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Defence Minister of France, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of French Navy, Director General Armament and Director General International Relations & Strategy
  • Visit to the Landivisia airbase, Submarine Facility at Cherbourg, Maritime Prefectures at Brest and Cherbourg
[22]
 Bangladesh 26–28 November
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Chief of the Naval Staff
  • Attend the International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX)
[23]
2018
 Saudi Arabia 4–8 February
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Deputy Defence Minister, Chief of General Staff, Commanders of Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Royal Saudi Arabian Land Forces, Air Forces and Air Defence Forces
  • Visit to the Naval Operations Centre, Naval Fire and Rescue School and Western Fleet at Jeddah
[24]
 United States 19–23 March
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Secretary of Defence, Secretary of the Navy, Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Naval Operations, Commander of Pacific command, Commander of Pacific fleet, Commander of Naval Sea Systems Command
  • Visit to the Pacific Command Headquarters at Pearl Harbour, Naval Surface Warfare Centre at Dahlgreen and the Pentagon.
[25]
 Iran 23–25 April
  • Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs
[26]
 Bangladesh 24–29 June
  • Bi-lateral meetings with President, Prime Minister and Chiefs of Armed Forces
  • Visit to naval bases at Chittagong and Khulna
  • Inaugurate the India–Bangladesh CORPAT, 1st edition
[27]
 United States 18-22 September
  • Visit 23rd edition of the International Seapower Symposium (ISS)
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Chief of the Naval Staff; Chief of Naval Operations (CNO); Commanders of Indo-Pacific Command, Pacific Fleet and Naval Forces-Europe, NAVCENT, and 5th Fleet
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Chiefs of Navies of France, Sweden, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.
[28]
 Russia 26-29 November
  • Bi-lateral meetings with Commander-in-Chief of Russian Navy, Chief of General Staff, First Deputy Defence Minister, Director, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC).
  • Visit to Military Academy of the General Staff, Piskarev Memorial Cemetery, Nakhimov Naval School and Admiralty Shipyard at St Petersburg and Moscow.
[29]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Samanya Seva Medal
Special Service Medal
Operation Parakram Medal
Sainya Seva Medal
Videsh Seva Medal
50th Anniversary of Independence Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Reena Lanba who is a qualified teacher and a home-maker. They have two daughters, named Moneesha and Sukriti, and a son named Adhiraj.[6][5][30]

External links[edit]

Media related to Sunil Lanba at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

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Military offices
Preceded by
Arup Raha
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
31 December 2016 – 31 May 2019
Succeeded by
Birender Singh Dhanoa
Preceded by
Robin K. Dhowan
Chief of Naval Staff
31 May 2016 – 31 May 2019
Succeeded by
Karambir Singh
Preceded by
Surinder Pal Singh Cheema
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command
1 February 2016 – 31 May 2016
Succeeded by
Girish Luthra
Preceded by
Surinder Pal Singh Cheema
Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Southern Naval Command
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Girish Luthra
Preceded by
Robin K. Dhowan
Vice Chief of Naval Staff
2 June 2014– 30 March 2015
Succeeded by
P. N. Murugesan