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General Naravane takes over as 28th Chief of the Indian Army

Third officer from Sikh Light Infantry Regiment to reach the top

December 31, 2019 By Vishal Thapar Photo / Video(s): By Indian Army
General M.M. Naravane taking over from General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Army Staff at South Block in New Delhi on December 31

General Manoj Mukund Naravane on December 31 took over from General Bipin Rawat as the 28th Chief of the Army Staff.

He is the third officer from the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment to become the Chief of the Indian Army after Generals VP Malik and Bikram Singh.

In the course of his distinguished career, he commanded the Eastern Command and the Army Training Command before his last appointment as the Vice-Chief of Army Staff.

He's had a host of challenging postings, serving in the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during 'Operation Pawan' and later commanded the 2nd Battalion of the Rashtriya Rifles in Jamu and Kashmir and 106 Infantry Brigade.

In the course of his distinguished career, he commanded the Eastern Command and the Army Training Command before his last appointment as the Vice-Chief of Army Staff

Later, he was , Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) at Kohima, Nagaland and Commander 2 Corps.

His staff assignments include tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General (AA&QMG) of Headquarters Establishment No 22, Defence Attache at Yangon, Myanmar, an instructional appointment in the Army War College as Directing Staff in the Higher Command Wing, besides two tenures at the Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Army), New Delhi.

Outgoing Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat handing over the baton to General MM Naravane

He also served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area, and also commanded the during which tenure he also commanded the Republic Day Parade in 2017.

General Naravane did his schooling at Dnayana Prabodhinee Prashala, Pune. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, the General Officer was commissioned into the 7th Battalion, The Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980. He is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Higher Command Course, Mhow.