Vice Admiral Karambir Singh Appointed as Next Indian Navy Chief; Admiral Sunil Lanba Retires on May 31

Eastern Naval Command Chief, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh on Saturday was appointed as the new chief of the Indian Navy. He will succeed Admiral Sunil Lanba who is retiring from the service on May 31. “The government of India appoints Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, as the next Chief of the Naval Staff. To assume charge on superannuation of Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31,” an Indian Navy spokesman said in a tweet. President Ram Nath Kovind Presents Gallantry Awards 2019 to Indian Army, Paramilitary Personnel, General Bipin Rawat Receives Param Vishisht Seva Medal.

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Vice Admiral Singh is currently serving Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy.  Born on November 03, 1959, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh was commissioned on July 01, 1980 into the Executive Branch of the Indian Navy. During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Singh’s Sea Command includes Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

He also served as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and was Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat 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. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).

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India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease

India on Thursday signed a $3 billion deal with Russia to get lease of another nuclear attack submarine. The Akula 2 class submarine – Chakra-III will be customised and fitted with indigenous communications systems and sensors. The vessel will be ready by 2025. Chakra-III  is a nuclear attack submarine powered by a nuclear reactor but will armed with conventional weapons. The ship is currently mothballed at a Russian naval shipyard in Severodvinsk. Indian Government Signs Contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd For Construction of Two ‘Project 1135.6’ Frigates For Indian Navy.

It is the second biggest deal with Russia after $5.5 billion contract to procure S-400 advanced air defence system which was finalised in October 2018. In 1988, the Indian Navy inducted a Project 670 Skat-class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine which was rechristened as INS Chakra on a three-year lease. While, in 2012, a second INS Chakra, the retrofitted K-152 Project 971 Akula-class Nerpa, was leased for 10 years. The Chakra-II is currently serving with the Eastern Naval Command. India is also planning to extend the lease of Chakra-II another five years to 2027. The discussions are going on with Russia to extend the lease. Indian Navy Inducts Third Ship of LCU Mk-IV Class at Port Blair.

Last in October, India also signed a $500 million contract to build two stealth frigates in Goa that are expected to be delivered by 2027. The deal came just weeks after the two countries inked a $950 million deal to import two other such warships from Russia. The Follow-on P 1135.6 series of frigates, customised to meet the Indian Navy’s specific requirements, are potent platforms, with a mission span covering the entire spectrum of Naval warfare; Air, Surface and Sub-surface.