Current and the 23rd Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lamba will vacate the office on 31st May, 2019.
Ministry of Defence issues correction, "Government appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Naval Staff. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba will vacate the office on 31 May 2019." pic.twitter.com/eEYPtQfNGZ
— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2019
At present, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh hold the position of Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.
He assumed the office as Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy on 31 October 2017 post-retirement of Harish Bisht.
Admiral Karambir Singh assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff on 31 May 2016.
A Navy release stated that Vice Admiral Singh inspected the ceremonial guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC(Eastern Naval Command).
Vice Admiral Singh is an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence Academy(NDA).
The Admiral earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the ‘Chetak’ and ‘Kamov’ helicopters.
He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both the elite Defence Institutions.
Also, the Admiral has served as a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Team (AIRCATS).
In his career spanning over 37 years, Admiral Karambir Singh has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi.
The Admiral also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet.
Admiral Karambir Singh has been commended by the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief and is a recipient of the prestigious AVSM(Ati Vishisht Seva Medal) awarded by the President of India.