NEW DELHI: Admiral Karambir Singh took charge as the 24th Chief of the Navy on Friday. Admiral Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively on the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters.
He is also the first helicopter pilot from the Indian Navy to helm the naval armed forces. Admiral Singh, on his part, has had extensive experience as the Eastern Naval Command chief at Vizag as well as deputy chief and vice chief at the naval headquarters in New Delhi. Having extensively flown Chetak, Kamov-25 and Kamov-28 anti-submarine warfare helicopters, he has also commanded missile corvette INS Vijaydurg, guided-missile destroyers INS Rana & INS Delhi during his almost 40-year career. He will be Navy chief till November 2021.
“My predecessors made sure that the Navy has a solid foundation and has reached new heights. It’ll be my endeavor to continue with their efforts and provide the nation with a Navy that’s strong, credible and ready to meet security challenges in the maritime domain,” he said after taking over the reins from Admiral Sunil Lanba who retired on 31st May. The appointment comes in the backdrop of the case initiated by Command Chief Vice Admiral Bimal Verma to quash Admiral Singh’s appointment. The Armed Forces Tribunal on Wednesday deferred the case for four weeks till 17th July.