New Delhi: The government has appointed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh as the next Chief of Naval Staff, confirmed the defence spokesperson in a tweet. Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba will vacate the office on 31 May 2019. 

Vice Admiral Singh is serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.

He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, an article on the Navy's official website says.

Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, the officer earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai.

In his 36-year-old career, the officer has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship, a Naval Missile Corvette as well as Guided Missile Destroyers.