New Delhi: As 23rd Naval Chief Sunil Lanba retired today on May 31th, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has been appointed as next Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) on Saturday. Government’s announcement depicts that for second time it has overlooked the seniority principle in service Chief appointments.
Admiral Karambir Singh on Friday took charge as the 24th Navy chief replacing incumbent Sunil Lanba.
The Navy spokesperson tweeted, “Admiral Karambir Singh PVSM AVSM ADC assumes charge as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff.”
Admiral Lanba passed on the baton to Admiral Singh at a ceremony in the South Block on Friday.
As per sources, the 23rd Chief of Naval staff of Indian Navy ‘Sunil Lanba’ retired today on May 31th as he completed three years in office. He has been a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of Eastern Naval Command headquartered at Visakhapatnam. After Lanba’s retirement Vice Admiral Singh will take over as 24th Navy Chief from incumbent CNS.
After 32 year of service, Admiral Karambir Singh becomes 24th Navy Chief:
According to sources Vice Admiral Karambir Singh has served for 39 years in his service. In conversation with one of Navy officer he said that “Vice Admiral Singh is the senior-most naval aviator. He will be first helicopter pilot of Navy to become CNS.”
Our sources came to know that in 39 years of Singh’s service, he have served in variety of command, staff and instructional appointments. In an interview with a Navy officer he told us that “Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, Vice Admiral Singh earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on chetak and kamov helicopters in support of fleet operation.
Once Admiral Lanba retires, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma will be senior-most officer in Navy. But instead of Verma, Vice Admiral Karambir will take his place.
Vice Admiral Verma had been figured in investigation into infamous naval war room leak case as he was principle director of naval operation at that time. Although, his name was clear and he continued getting higher appointments.
Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district
Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.
The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.
According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.
The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.
Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.
A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.
The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.
There were no CCTV cameras in the area.