The government on Saturday appointed Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Naval Staff. He will succeed current Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba after his tenure ends on May 31.
Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, assumed charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command on October 31, 2017. The Admiral is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Khadakwasla, Maharashtra.
The government appointed him as Navy Chief by superseding Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, who is seniormost Vice Admiral. Vice Admiral Bimal Verma is currently the Commander in Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command. His elder brother Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma was the Navy chief from August 31, 2009 to August 31 2012.
On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command. His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman & Nicobar Islands and as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).
In the rank of Vice Admiral, he has been the Director-General Project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the Navy’s modern base at Karwar. He was also assigned higher responsibilities at IHQ MoD (Navy) as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.
The Admiral is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) awarded by President Ram Nath Kovind.
He was commissioned into the Navy in July 1980 and earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982, flying 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 these Institutions.
In his career spanning over 37 years, the Admiral has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi.
He has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. Ashore, the Admiral has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff, and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai. He has also served a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS).