Navy chief now to head chiefs of staff committee
The senior-most of the service chief is given the charge of the Chiefs of Staff committee.
Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will take over charge as the chairman of chiefs of staff committee (CoSC) on Saturday afternoon.
He took over the ceremonial baton from outgoing IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Thursday at a ceremony in the South Block, which houses the Defence Ministry. The government fine-tunes higher defence management reforms that are likely to kick in from mid-2017 onwards.
Reportedly, Admiral Lanba will take the "full responsibility" of the CoSC chairman from Saturday, December 31 when Raha as well as Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag superannuate. Air Marshal B S Dhanoa and Lt General Bipin Rawat, in turn, will take over as the new IAF and Army chiefs on that day.
It is to be noted that the senior-most of the service chiefs is given the charge of the Chiefs of Staff committee.
On Thursday, Air Chief Marshal Raha handed over the baton to Admiral Lanba at a ceremony in the South Block, which houses the Defence Ministry.
Admiral Lanba assumed command of the Indian Navy on May 31, 2016. He is a navigation and direction specialist and has served onboard numerous ships in both the eastern and eastern fleets. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, College of Defence Management (CDM) and Royal College of Defence Studies, London.