Mumba : Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba on Sunday took over the reins of Western Naval Command (WNC) as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) from Vice Admiral S.P.S. Cheema, retired after completing nearly four decades of service, at a ceremonial parade held at INS Shikra.
Later in the day, officers of the Western Naval Command accorded Vice Admiral Cheema a warm send off, with the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony.
Calling the personnel on parade as his “ship mates”, Vice Admiral Cheema expressed his gratitude to all personnel of the command for their support and dedicated efforts in functioning of the command.
Recounting his expanse of service, he said, “I have seen many changes in the Indian Navy in terms of technology, quality of man power and resources. However, I am very glad that the spirit of enthusiasm, ability to face all odds and above all a deep sense of patriotism has not changed among the men in uniform.”
An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Vice Admiral Lanba, a specialist in navigation and direction, has very rich operational and staff experience over a career spanning more than three decades.
He has served as Navigating Officer of INS Sindhudurg (Corvette) and INS Dunagiri (Frigate).
During his illustrious service, he commanded four frontline warships – INS Kakinada (Minesweeper), INS Himgiri (Frigate), INS Ranvijay and INS Mumbai (Destroyers).
He is also an alumnus of the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad, where he also served as the faculty.
He has also held important staff assignments such as Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet and Chief of Staff, Southern and Eastern Naval Commands.
He has also been the Flag Officer Sea Training, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area, Commandant, National Defence College and Vice Chief of Naval Staff. He was Commander-in-chief of the Southern Naval Command at Kochi prior to being appointed to head the premier operational Command of the Indian Navy.
Vice Admiral Lanba is a recipient of the Param Vishist Seva Medal and the Athi Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished service of an exceptionally high order.
Vice Admiral Lanba’s wife Reena, who will now preside over the Navy Wives Welfare Association (Western Region), is a qualified teacher and a homemaker. (ANI)