The government of India appointed VAdm Karambir Singh as the next chief of the naval staff on superannuation of Adm Sunil Lanba on May 31, 2019. VAdm Karambir Singh would be the first helicopter pilot of the Indian Navy to be appointed as the chief of the naval staff.
VAdm Karambir Singh, a native of Jalandhar, Punjab did his initial schooling in various schools across the country wherever his father, who was in the Indian Air Force was posted. He graduated from Barnes School, Deolali Maharashtra before joining National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, VAdm Karambir earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters in support of Fleet Operations. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has later served as Directing Staff in both these Institutions.
In his career spanning over 39 years, he has commanded Indian Coast Guard ship Chandbibi, missile corvette INS Vijaydurg as well as two guided missile destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. On promotion to the flag rank, the admiral was appointed as chief of staff, Eastern Naval Command. His other important flag appointments include chief of staff of the tri-services command at Andaman and Nicobar Islands and as the flag officer commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area.
In the rank of vice admiral, he has been the director general project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the navy’s modern base at Karwar. He was also assigned higher responsibilities as deputy chief of naval staff and vice chief of the naval staff at IHQ MoD (navy) and as flag officer commanding-in-chief Eastern Naval Command since Oct 31, 2017.