Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday took charge as the 24th Navy chief replacing incumbent Sunil Lanba.
“Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM AVSM ADC assumes charge as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff,” the Navy spokesperson tweeted.
Admiral Lanba passed on the baton to Admiral Singh at a ceremony in the South Block on Friday.
Admiral Singh, born on November 3, 1959 to an Indian Air Force officer who retired as a Wing Commander, was commissioned into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy on July 1, 1980.
During his long and distinguished service spanning over 37 years, he has served in a variety of command, staff and instructional appointments.
Vice Admiral Singh’s sea commands includes that of Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. He also served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and was Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujrat area.
Before taking over as FOC-in-C Eastern Naval Command in October 2017, he was Director General Project Seabird, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice Chief of the Naval Staff.
A graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has also earned his wings as a helicopter pilot, having flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters.
His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Commander in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command.