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Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, currently serving as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, is all set to succeed General Bipin Rawat, the current Indian Army Chief of Staff. Gen Bipin Rawat will be completing his three-year tenure on 31 December 2019, after which Lt Gen Naravane will be leading a 1.3 million strong Indian Army.
Before September 2019, Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Indian Army, which guards India's 4,000 km border with China. On 1 September 2019, when Naravane was given the charge of Vice Chief of Army. On being appointed as the next Army Chief, Lt Gen Naravane said, "It is an honour to be given this responsibility."
Some Facts About Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane
- Lt Gen Naravane hails from a Maharashtrian Brahmin family.
- Lt Gen Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Pune, and the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun.
- In June 1980, Lt Gen Naravane was commissioned into the 7th Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment.
- In his 37-year-old career, Lt Gen Naravane has served in several commands ranging from peace, field to the counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and also the northeastern states of India.
- Lt Gen Naravane served as the commander of the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir. On the eastern front, he served an infantry brigade.
- At the Indian Embassy in Myanmar, he served as India's defence attaché.
- Due to his effective commanding in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen Naravane has been awarded the 'Sena Medal' which has made him a decorated officer.
- For his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland, Lt Gen Naravane was awarded the 'Vishisht Seva Medal' and the 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal'.
- He was also a part of the Peace Keeping Force during Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka.
It is expected that the outgoing Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat will be now appointed as India's First Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). It was on 15 August 2019 that marks India's Independence Day that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that now our country will have a CDS, who will be a four-star officer from either the Army, Air Force or Navy and will serve as the single point of contact between the armed forces and the Prime Minister of the country.