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The government on Thursday announced that Vice-Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is currently the chief of Western Naval Command (WNC) at Mumbai, will take over as the next Navy chief from Admiral Robin Dhowan on May 31. Vice-Admiral Lanba, commissioned in the Navy in January 1978, will have full three years in office as the chief. It was Admiral DK Joshi’s sudden resignation in February 2014, owning “moral responsibility” for a string of naval accidents, which had propelled Vice-Admiral Lanba into the line of succession for the top job. At that time, he was the commandant of National Defence College.
After Admiral Dhowan was appointed to replace Admiral Joshi in April 2014, Vice-Admiral Lanba first became the vice-chief and then the Southern Naval Command chief. In January this year, he became the WNC chief after the incumbent retired.
The existing critical operational gaps in submarines, multi-role helicopters and minesweepers will be a major challenge for Vice-Admiral Lanba, who will have to push through new acquisition projects with the government once he takes over.
The Navy currently has over 130 warships as well as 235 aircraft and helicopters, but a number of them are progressively slated for retirement in the coming years. The force already has 46 warships on order for over Rs 3 lakh crore in domestic shipyards, which includes the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, six Scorpene submarines, five destroyers and seven stealth frigates.
India wants a strong three-dimensional, blue-water Navy to protect its huge geostrategic interests from Persian Gulf to Malacca Strait as well as counter China’s growing footprint in Indian Ocean. As per the maritime capability perspective plan, the country plans a 212-warship and 460-aircraft Navy by 2027.