Center has appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS). With the announcement, the government has for the second time overlooked the seniority principle in service chief appointments.
- He will take over as the 24th Navy chief from incumbent CNS Admiral Sunil Lanba.
- He is currently the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command headquartered at Visakhapatnam.
- He will be the first helicopter pilot of the Navy to become CNS.
About Chief of the Naval Staff:
He is commander and the highest-ranking officer in Indian Navy. It is usually held by a four-star officer in the rank of Admiral. This position is abbreviated CNS in Indian Navy cables and communication.