Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM AVSM (Retd)

Chairman, National Maritime Foundation (NMF)    

Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM (Retd), took over as the seventh Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation on 17 January 2022. A naval aviator who has flown several variants of Kamov helicopters, he was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 July 1980 and is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, and College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai.

The Admiral has commanded the Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, and the Indian Navy’s guided-missile corvette INS Vijaydurg, and two guided-missile destroyers, INS Rana and INS Delhi. His important assignments include Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet, Chief of Staff of both the Eastern Naval Command and the Tri-Services Unified Command in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area. As Director-General, Project Seabird, he oversaw the development of the Indian Navy’s expansive and modern base at Karwar. He has been Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command, has steered operations as Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff, and spearheaded policies and plans as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff. Prior to taking over as Chairman he was the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff from 31 May 2019 to 30 November 2021.