New Delhi. Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Sunil Lanba received the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) baton from the outgoing Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at a ceremony in New Delhi December 29.
He would however be assuming charge as Chairman, COSC with effect from December 31 afternoon.
Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh, who also retires from service on December 31 and Principal Staff Officers of all three Services and HQ Integrated Defence Staff were present on the occasion.
Admiral Lanba assumed command of the Indian Navy on May 31. He is a Navigation and Direction specialist and has served onboard numerous ships in both the Eastern and Western Fleets. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, College of Defence Management (CDM) and Royal College of Defence Studies, London.
During his versatile and distinguished career, he has commanded Frigates, Destroyers and was the Executive Officer of the aircraft carrier, Viraat. He has held many coveted appointments such as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet, Chief of Staff Southern Naval Command, Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command and Flag Officer Commanding–in–Chief of the Southern and the Western Naval Commands.
Admiral Lanba also has had instructional tenures at NDA, CDM and National Defence College. As Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Lanba strived towards integration and jointness. In recognition of his dedication towards service, Admiral Lanba has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and the Ati Vishishit Seva Medal (AVSM) by the President.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, the outgoing Chairman, COSC had taken over as Chairman COSC on August 1. Under his stewardship as Chairman COSC, the Services received a vital boost in jointmanship. During his tenure the Defence Communication Network got operationalised and training standards of the Tri Service Institutes such as NDA, DSSC and CDM were enhanced. The much awaited National War Museum got approval from the government. He was instrumental in enhancing the role of military diplomacy with friendly foreign countries. Various Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations during crisis situations both within and outside India such as J&K floods, Chennai floods, evacuation of Indian and foreign nationals from Yemen and Nepal Earthquake were successfully conducted.
He also played a pivotal role in formulation of (Defence Procurement Procedure) DPP–16 thereby streamlining and fast tracking Defence Procurement which has so far been plagued by laborious procedures and long delays.