New Navy chief asks forces to curb subservience, ensure equality among ranks
Admiral Karambir Singh with outgoing Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba during the Guard of Honour, before taking charge as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff, at South Block in New Delhi, Friday on May 31. PTI photo

New Navy chief asks forces to curb subservience, ensure equality among ranks

In a far-reaching initiative, newly-appointed Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh has issued elaborate directives aimed at curbing subservient behaviour, restricting certain ceremonial practices and ensuring equality among the ranks.

The wide-ranging guidelines prescribed having same standards of food, drinks and cutlery by all ranks of Navy personnel at official functions, discontinuing provision of multiple stand-by cars for Chief of Naval Staff and even discouraging presentation of bouquets, officials said.

“As a modern fighting force, it is important that we imbibe contemporary, social and ceremonial practices towards optimal utilisation of manpower and resources,” the communication said.

Officials said the directives are being implemented with immediate effect.

“Juniors be encouraged to be disciplined and respectful but not subservient. Refreshment and meals to be simple and devoid of ostentation,” the communication said.

It said full titles of senior officers should not to be used repeatedly in speeches and citing of decorations after name to be restricted only to formal correspondence and occasions.

It also said only senior sailors will be deputed for liaison duty and use of third person in addressing senior officers should be discouraged.

The Navy Chief also directed that women and children be not lined up to receive dignitaries.

Admiral Singh assumed charge as the 24th chief of the Indian Navy on May 31, becoming the first helicopter pilot to helm the force.

He succeeded Admiral Sunil Lanba, who retired after a distinguished career spanning over four decades.

Before appointed to the top post, he served as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam.

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