Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane next Army chief

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund NaravaneANI

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund NaravaneANI  

He will replace Gen. Bipin Rawat who retires on December 31

Vice-Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, has been appointed the next Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Army officials confirmed late on Monday.

He will take over as the 28th COAS from incumbent General Bipin Rawat, whose term ends on December 31.

Lt. Gen. Naravane took over as vice-chief in early September. He is the senior most officer in the Army after Gen. Rawat and the government has gone with the seniority principle in the appointment. He will have a tenure till April 2022 till his superannuation.

Lt. Gen. Naravane has served as the Eastern Army Commander and Commander Army Training Command. He is from the Sikh Light Infantry and has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Kashmir, served in the Assam Rifles and has been posted as defence attache to Myanmar.

He will be the third Army chief from the Sikh Light regiment after Gen. V.P. Malik and Gen. Bikram Singh.

With the appointment of the next COAS, the next awaited appointment is that of the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), expected in the next few days. Gen. Rawat is the front runner for the post. An Implementation Committee headed by the National Security Adviser was constituted to finalise the roles and modalities of the post of CDS and the committee has submitted its report to the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

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