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sunil lanbaVice Admiral Sunil Lanba, on Tuesday, took charge as the Chief of Naval Staff in New Delhi as the current CNS Admiral R.K.Dhowan gets retired.

The 58-year-old Lanba is a qualified specialist in navigation and direction course and will have a full three-year-term in office till May 31, 2019.

Here are some must know fact about him:

Lanba was commissioned into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy on January 1, 1978.

He is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy (NDA), Defense Services Staff College, Royal College of Defense Studies and also has a PG in Defense and Management studies.

During 38 years of service, he has served in a variety of Command, operational and staff appointments. He has commanded four frontline warships — INS Kakinada (minesweeper), INS Himgiri (frigate) and destroyers INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai.

He is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal and the Athi Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service.

Before taking over as FOC-in-C, Western Naval Command, he was FOC-in-C, Southern Naval Command, Vice Chief of the Naval Staff and Commandant, National Defence College.