General Manoj Mukund Naravane takes charge as the Army Chief.

General Manoj Mukund Naravane takes charge as the Army Chief.

General Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as the 28th Chief of Army Staff on Tuesday succeeding General Bipin Rawat. After taking charge he said, “It is an honour to be given this responsibility.”

After receiving a farewell Guard of Honour this morning, General Bipin Rawat said: “I am confident he (General Naravane) will take Army to greater heights.” 

Before taking over as Chief of Army Staff, General Mukund Naravane was appointed as Vice-Chief of Army Staff on September 1. Before this, he was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.

General Mukund Naravane has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front. In his 37 years of service, General Mukund Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments. Such as in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast.

General Mukund Naravane was commissioned into the 7th battalion, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980. He has been awarded the “Sena Medal” for effectively commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir. 

General Naravane is also a recipient of the “Vishisht Seva Medal” for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles in Nagaland. And also the “Ati Vishisht Seva Medal” for commanding of a prestigious strike corps.

General Bipin Rawat will take charge as India’s first Chief of Defense Staff after his retirement on Tuesday. He is the first officer to hold the post of the CDS, which was set up a few days ago.

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