New Delhi: Vice Admiral Sunil Lamba, commandant of the National Defence College, is expected to be appointed as Vice Chief of Naval Staff as part of a major rejig being undertaken at the top level in the maritime force.
Vice Admiral Lamba, who is in line to be the Navy chief in 2016, will be taking the position of Admiral Robin Dhowan who took over as the head of the force a week back.
As part of the reshuffle, Eastern Command chief Vice Admiral Anil Chopra is expected to be moved to Mumbai-based Western Command, defence sources said. He will be succeeded by Vice Admiral Satish Soni, who is heading the Southern Command, sources said.
The Southern Command based in Kochi is now expected to be headed by Strategic Forces Commander Vice Admiral S P S Cheema, they said.
Deputy Chief of Naval Staff Pradeep Chatterjee is expected to head the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Command in Port Blair. The reshuffle was neccessiated by the exit of former chief Admiral DK Joshi.