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Vice admiral Karambir Singh first copter pilot to become Navy Chief

IANS  |  New delhi 

The government has appointed Vice Karambir Singh, a helicopter pilot, as the next Navy replacing who retires on May 31.

Commanding-in-supercedes vice who heads the Andaman and Nicobar command. Verma would have become the on the rule of seniority.

This is the second occasion when the has appointed a by overlooking seniority. was made the Chief over Lt. Generals Pravin Bakshi and P.M Hariz who were senior to him in 2016.

Vice Karambir Singh, who has flown Kamov-25 and Kamov-28 anti-submarine helicopters, is the first to become a and a second to become a after became (IAF) chief in 2007.

Sources said that Bimal Verma, brother of former Nirmal Verma, missed out because of the shadow of naval war room leak case on his career. He was posted in the directorate of naval operations when the alleged leak of sensitive information took place in 2005.

He was let off with severe displeasure in his service report, but the admiral missed out on key postings such as heading either eastern or western fleets, the two prominent naval commands considered essential for an admiral who is picked up to the force.



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First Published: Sat, March 23 2019. 20:30 IST