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Chief of the Naval Staff (India)

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The Chief of the Naval Staff is the commander and the highest-ranking officer in the Indian Navy. The position is abbreviated CNS in Indian Navy cables and communication, and usually held by a four-star officer in the rank of Admiral.

Chief of the Naval Staff
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Flag of the Chief of the Naval Staff
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Incumbent
Admiral Karambir Singh

since 31 May 2019
 Indian Navy
AbbreviationCNS
Member ofStrategic Policy Group
SeatCentral Secretariat
AppointerAppointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)
The Chief of the Naval Staff is usually the senior-most Indian Navy officer of the senior most batch. The appointee for the office is approved by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister, based on appointee's ability and strong confidence with Prime Minister.
Term length3 years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.
PrecursorCommander-in-Chief, Indian Navy
Formation1 April 1955; 64 years ago (1955-04-01)
First holderAdmiral Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey
DeputyVice Chief of the Naval Staff
Salary250,000 (US$3,600) monthly[1][2]

The current CNS is Admiral Karambir Singh. The 24th Navy Chief, he took over from Admiral Sunil Lanba, who retired on 31 May 2019 after four decades of service from the navy.[3][4]

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Office of the Chief of the Naval StaffEdit

The office of the Chief of the Naval Staff was created by The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act of the Indian Parliament in 1955, replacing the erstwhile office of the Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy.[5] The office is based at South Block in Raisina Hill.

Appointments to the office are made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). The Chief of the Naval Staff generally reaches superannuation upon serving three years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

AppointeesEdit

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Navy (1950-1955)Edit

Name Took office Left office Time in office
1Parry, William EdwardVice Admiral
Sir William Edward Parry KCB
(1893–1972)
26 January 195013 October 19511 year, 260 days
2Pizey, Charles Thomas MarkVice Admiral
Sir Charles Thomas Mark Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
(1899–1993)
13 October 195131 March 19553 years, 169 days

Chiefs of the Naval Staff (1955–present)Edit

Name Took office Left office Time in office
1Pizey, CharlesVice Admiral
Sir Charles Pizey KBE, CB, DSO & Bar
(1899–1993)
1 April 195521 July 1955111 days
2Carlill, Stephen HopeVice Admiral
Sir Stephen Hope Carlill KBE, CB, DSO
(1902–1996)
21 July 195521 April 19582 years, 274 days
3Katari, Ram DassVice Admiral
Ram Dass Katari
(1911–1983)
22 April 19584 June 19624 years, 43 days
4Soman, Bhaskar SadashivVice Admiral
Bhaskar Sadashiv Soman
(1913–1995)
4 June 19623 March 19663 years, 272 days
5Chatterji, Adhar KumarAdmiral
Adhar Kumar Chatterji
(1914–2001)
3 March 196628 February 19703 years, 362 days
6Nanda, Sardarilal MathradasAdmiral
Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda Padma Vibhushan,PVSM, AVSM
(1915–2009)
28 February 197028 February 19733 years, 0 days
7Kohli, Sourendra NathAdmiral
Sourendra Nath Kohli Padma Bhushan,PVSM
(1916–1997)
1 March 197329 February 19762 years, 365 days
8Cursetji, JalAdmiral
Jal Cursetji PVSM
(1919–1991)
1 March 19761 March 19793 years, 0 days
9Pereira, Ronald LynsdaleAdmiral
Ronald Lynsdale Pereira PVSM, AVSM
(1923–1993)
1 March 197928 February 19822 years, 364 days
10Dawson, Oscar StanleyAdmiral
Oscar Stanley Dawson PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(1923–2011)
1 March 198230 November 19842 years, 274 days
11Tahiliani, Radhakrishna HariramAdmiral
Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani PVSM, AVSM
(1930–2015)
1 December 198430 November 19872 years, 364 days
12Nadkarni, Jayant GanpatAdmiral
Jayant Ganpat Nadkarni PVSM, AVSM, NM, VSM, ADC
(1931–2018)
1 December 198730 November 19902 years, 364 days
13Ramdas, LaxminarayanAdmiral
Laxminarayan Ramdas PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
(born 1933)
1 December 199030 September 19932 years, 303 days
14Shekhawat, Vijai SinghAdmiral
Vijai Singh Shekhawat PVSM, AVSM, VrC, ADC
1 October 199330 September 19962 years, 365 days
15Bhagwat, VishnuAdmiral
Vishnu Bhagwat PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1944)
1 October 199630 December 19982 years, 90 days
16Kumar, SushilAdmiral
Sushil Kumar PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
30 December 199829 December 20012 years, 364 days
17Singh, MadhvendraAdmiral
Madhvendra Singh PVSM, AVSM, ADC
29 December 200131 July 20042 years, 215 days
18Prakash, ArunAdmiral
Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
(born 1944)
31 July 200431 October 20062 years, 215 days
19Mehta, SureeshAdmiral
Sureesh Mehta PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1947)
31 October 200631 August 20092 years, 304 days
20Verma, Nirmal KumarAdmiral
Nirmal Kumar Verma PVSM, AVSM
(born 1951)
31 August 200931 August 20123 years, 0 days
21Joshi, Devendra KumarAdmiral
Devendra Kumar Joshi PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM, ADC
(born 1954)
31 August 201226 February 20141 year, 179 days
-Dhowan, RobinVice-Admiral
Robin K. Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
(born 1954)
Acting
26 February 201417 April 201450 days
22Dhowan, RobinAdmiral
Robin K. Dhowan PVSM, AVSM, YSM, ADC
(born 1954)
17 April 201431 May 20162 years, 44 days
23Lanba, SunilAdmiral
Sunil Lanba PVSM, AVSM, ADC
(born 1957)
31 May 201631 May 20193 years, 0 days
24Admiral
Karambir Singh
(born 1959)
[6]
31 May 2019Incumbent25 days

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Report of the 7th Central Pay Commission of India" (PDF). Seventh Central Pay Commission, Government of India. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ Biswas, Shreya, ed. (29 June 2016). "7th Pay Commission cleared: What is the Pay Commission? How does it affect salaries?". India Today. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC assumes command of Indian Navy". pib.nic.in. Government of India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Admiral Sunil Lanba takes over as Chief of Naval Staff - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  5. ^ "The Commanders-In-Chief (Change in Designation) Act, 1955". VakilNo1.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  6. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/vice-admiral-karambir-singh-appointed-next-navy-chief/article26618416.ece