Vice Admiral Karambir Singh will be the next chief of Indian Navy, news agency ANI reported on Friday. Vice Admiral Singh was appointed as the next Chief of Naval Staff by the Narendra Modi government. Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba will vacate the office on May 31, 2019. â€œThe Admiral is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, the Admiral earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters.Â He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions,â€ the navy said in a statement.
â€œIn his career spanning nearly 36 years, the Admiral has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship, a Naval Missile Corvette as well as Guided Missile Destroyers.Â He has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.Â Ashore, the Admiral has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff, and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai,â€ the statement added.
With a coastline of over seven thousand km, Indian Navy has is the ultimate challenge of protecting not just the water ways but also counter China in the Indian Ocean. In January this year, the Navy had commissioned a new air base in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar islands as part of efforts to expand operational presence in the Indian Ocean where China has been increasing its military presence.
Govt of India appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM AVSM ADC as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba on 31 May 19 @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia @nsitharaman @DrSubhashMoS @PMOIndia @rajatpTOI @rahulsinghx pic.twitter.com/NSnaOUKeiyâ€” SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) March 23, 2019
The new base -- INS Kohassa was inaugurated by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba in the presence of top naval commanders. Over a year back, the Navy had implemented a new plan for deployment of warships in the Indian Ocean region to effectively counter China's growing presence in the strategically key waters. The "new mission-based deployment" plan involves deploying mission-ready ships and aircraft along critical sea lanes of communications.
The Navy has also been involved in numerous humanitarian missions. The most recent one was three ships were sent to cyclone-hit Mozambique. The first training squadron of the Indian Navy -- Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul -- operating in the Southern Indian Ocean, were diverted to Port Beira, following a request received from the government of Mozambique.
Amid tension with Pakistan and China flexing muscles in the international waters, Indian Navyâ€™s next chief will have a tough road ahead. Meanwhile, on March 19, the navy had conducted TROPEX 19, the exercise to test the operational readiness. Lessons learnt from the exercise would provide the Navy accurate assessments to fine tune combat deployment, force structuring requirements, operational logistics as also material and training imperatives, a release said.