NEW DELHI: The Defence Ministry has initiated the process to appoint the next chief of naval staff as the incumbent Admiral Sunil Lanba is scheduled to retire from the service on May 31 this year.
“A Proposal has been initiated with the names of senior-most officers in it for the appointment of the next naval chief. A decision regarding this is expected to be announced very soon”, a government source said.
As per seniority list of the navy, Vice Admiral Bimal Verma is the senior-most among the top three officers followed by Vice Admirals Karambir Singh and Ajith Kumar respectively.
Vice Admiral Bimal Verma is presently commanding the Andaman and Nicobar Command in Port Blair.
Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh is heading the Vishakhapatnam-based Eastern Command.
Vice Admiral Ajith Kumar is heading the Navy’s sword-arm Western Command in Mumbai and looks after the international maritime boundary with Pakistan.
With inputs from ANI