Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, AVSM, VSM, took over charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command from Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM today, 30 Jan 16. An impressive ceremonial parade was held at the Naval base on the occasion which was followed by the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony in which the outgoing Commander-in-Chief, Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba was ceremonially pulled out in a jeep by Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of ships and naval establishments of Kochi, amidst emotional ‘Jai’- ‘Jai’ by the men of Southern Naval Command.
Earlier in the day, Vice Admiral Luthra laid wreath at the War Memorial, prior to assuming command, as a tribute to the thousands of martyrs who had fought for the country. The Flag Officer, a native of Palwal in Haryana, who was the Vice Chief of Naval Staff prior to taking over as the FOC-in-C (South), had arrived in Kochi on 29 Jan 16.
In his farewell address Vice Admiral Lanba reminded everyone particularly the personnel under training that it was incumbent upon them to utilise the top class training being accorded to them towards becoming excellent professionals in the service of the country. The Parade was witnessed by many senior officers, men and families of Southern Naval Command.
Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba will now assume the charge of the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief, Western Naval Command at Mumbai on 31 Jan 16 on the retirement of the present incumbent, Vice Admiral SPS Cheema who had also been the FOC-in-C (South) earlier.