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Chairman - National Maritime Foundation, and Former Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Indian Navy
The Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, IN (Retd), is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, the College of Defence Management, Secunderabad, and, the Royal College of Defence Studies, London. In his illustrious naval career, spanning four decades, the Admiral, who is a specialist in Navigation and Aircraft Direction, served as the Navigation, Direction and Operations Officer aboard several ships in both, the Eastern and Western Fleets of the Indian Navy. With multiple tenures on the training staff of India’s premier training establishments, Admiral Lanba has been deeply engaged with professional training, the shaping of India’s future leadership, and, the skilling of the officers of the Indian Armed Forces. He assumed command of the Indian Navy, as the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff, on the 31st of May, 2016. He was appointed Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee on the 31st of December, 2016 and his contribution to tri-Service synergy is legendary. For his exceptional services to the nation, the President of the Republic of India awarded Admiral Lanba the AtiVishistSeva Medal, followed thereafter by the Param VishistSeva Medal. The Admiral retired on the last day of May, 2019, and, a week later, on 07 June 2019, took over as the Chairman, NMF.