Three-star officer appointed Chief of Eastern Naval Command

Building its capabilities on the Eastern seaboard, the Indian Navy has for the first time appointed a three-star officer as the Chief of Staff of its Eastern Naval Command.

Updated: Apr 07, 2011, 23:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Building its capabilities on
the Eastern seaboard, the Indian Navy has for the first time
appointed a three-star officer as the Chief of Staff of its
Eastern Naval Command.

"The upgradation of the post signifies the importance
attached to the Eastern frontiers as the Command`s area of
responsibility has also expanded in comparison to the earlier
times. So, it was decided to upgrade the post of Chief of
Staff to be held by a Vice Admiral than a Rear Admiral," Navy
officials said here.
Rear Admiral S Lanba will take over as the first
three-star Chief of Staff of the Vishakhapatanam-based Command
on May 1 after his elevation to the rank of Vice Admiral.

A Command in the Navy is headed by a Vice Admiral and
till now his deputy used to be a Rear Admiral but now they
will be three star officers.

The first overall three-star Chief of Staff was
appointed in the Mumbai-based Western Naval Command.

In view of the increased Chinese presence in the Bay
of Bengal, the Indian Navy has deployed some of its latest
acquisitions including amphibious warship INS Jalashwa, its
Shivalik Class frigates and the P-8I long range maritime
surveillance aircraft on the eastern front.

Earlier, the officials said, the focus was on the
western front only as Pakistan was the only perceived enemy
but after the adoption of the Look East policy, focus was laid
on upgrading the capabilities in the Eastern sector also.
The Indian Navy also plans to deploy one of its two
future aircraft carriers on the East Coast.

The East Coast faces six littoral states including
Bangladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri
Lanka.

In the recent past, there have been reports that China
has been developing facilities in Myanmar for military uses.

PTI