will succeed Vice Admiral DK joshi, who will assume
command of the Indian Navy as Admiral on August
31, taking over from Admiral Nirmal Verma, who
retires after a distinguished 3-year term as the
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS).
Vice Admiral Sinha whose decorations include
PVSM AVSM NM& BAR, and honorary ADC to the
President, is at present Chief of the Integrated
Defence Staff (IDS), an assignment he assumed
in July 2011. He will move from New Delhi to Mumbai,
the headquarters of the WNC, and assume the new
command on August 31. Farewell parties are already
on for both him and Vice Admiral Joshi.
Vice Admiral Sinha is deeply interested in strategic
affairs, and has been a regular at the Institute
for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), the country's
premier think tank.
Commissioned into the Executive Branch of the
Indian Navy as a fighter pilot on 1 June 1974,he
is the senior-most naval aviator at present.He
is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College,
College of Naval Warfare and the National Defence
College. He was born 10 August 1954.
In the Flag rank, Admiral Sinha has held a wide
array of appointments such as Flag Officer Naval
Aviation (FONA), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
Air (ACNS - Air), the Flag Officer Commanding
Western Fleet (FOCWF) and Controller Personnel
Services (CPS) With over 2,700 hours of flying
on various types of aircraft, mostly from on board
India's aircraft carriers INS Vikrant and INS
Viraat on Sea Harrier planes, he has commanded
two Sea Harrier Squadrons and the Goa naval air
station, where naval combat jets and other aircraft
Adm Sinha also commanded the Indian Coast Guard
ship ICGS Ranijindan during Operation Pawan, Indian
Navy ships INS Saryu, INS Shakti and guided missile
destroyer INS Delhi.
He was the fleet operations officer of the Western
Fleet during Operation Parakram in 2001-02 and
later commanded the sword arm of the navy, the