12 Facts About Sunil Lanba


Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, PJG, ADC was born on 17 July 1957 and is a retired Indian naval officer who served as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy.


Sunil Lanba assumed the office on 31 May 2016 after Admiral Robin K Dhowan and demitted office three years later on 31 May 2019.


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


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.


Sunil Lanba has held numerous training positions like training officer at the National Defence Academy; Directing Staff at the College of Defence Management; Commandant of the National Defence College and Flag Officer Sea Training organisation at the Local Workup Team, Western Naval Command.


Sunil Lanba on being elevated to flag rank, was the flag officer commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area.


On 5 May 2016, the Union Government announced that Lanba will take charge as the Chief of the Naval Staff on 31 May 2016, replacing Admiral Robin K Dhowan who retired the same day.


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


Sunil Lanba was awarded the from Meritorious Service Medal Singapore on September 8,2022.


Sunil Lanba was awarded for his outstanding contributions in enhancing the strong and long-standing bilateral defence relationship between the Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy.


Admiral Sunil Lanba became the first Indian to receive this award.


Sunil Lanba is married to Reena Lanba who is a qualified teacher and a home-maker.