The Armed Forces Tribunal cleared the way for Admiral Karambir Singh, as he took charge as the new Navy Chief from incumbent Sunil Lanba who retired today at the South Block. The new Chief succeeded Lanba who served as the Chief of Naval Staff for more than four decades.
Admiral Karambir Singh has served the Indian Navy with a career of almost 40 years. He is also the first helicopter pilot of the Indian Navy to lead the naval armed forces. Accepting his appointment at the ceremony, Karambir Singh said, “My predecessors made sure that Navy has a solid foundation and has reached new heights. It’ll be my endeavor to continue with their efforts and provide the nation with a Navy that’s strong, credible and ready to meet security challenges in the maritime domain.”
Meanwhile, a plea was registered by the Andaman and Nicobar commander-in-chief Bimal Verma challenging his appointment as the Navy Chief despite Verma being the senior most member. However, Defence Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Navy) Richa Mishra clarified saying that seniority is important but not the “sole” criteria while appointing services chief.