9 Facts About Admiral Sunil Lanba

1. Admiral Sunil Lanba has held many more important positions in the navy: the Chief of Staff of the Southern Naval Command, Flag Officer of the Sea Training, Chief of Staff of the Eastern Naval Command, and Commandant of the National Defence College.

2. Admiral Sunil Lanba has a postgraduate degree in Defence and Management studies.

3. Admiral Sunil Lanba is tipped to succeed Robin K Dhowan as the Chief of Naval Staff when the latter retires in May 2016.

4. Admiral Sunil Lanba took over as the Chairman of the chiefs of staff committee from outgoing IAF chief Marshal Arup Raha on 29 December 2016.

5. Admiral Sunil Lanba is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served as the navigation and operations officer onboard various ships in both the Eastern and Western Fleets.

6. Admiral Sunil Lanba was commissioned into the Indian Navy as an officer on 1 January 1978 into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy.

7. Admiral Sunil Lanba was born on 17 July 1957 and hails from Palwal district, Haryana.

8. Admiral Sunil Lanba is the Chairman of the chiefs of staff committee.

9. Admiral Sunil Lanba assumed the office on 31 May 2016 after Admiral Robin K Dhowan and will hold office till May 2019.