Lt Gen Manoj Naravane to become next chief of the Indian Army

Naravane has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front

New Delhi: Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane is all set to become the next chief of the Indian Army, when General Bipin Rawat’s term ends on December 31. Naravane will be serving in the top position for two years and four months. according to official sources said on Monday.

Naravane is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Army. Before taking charge as vice chief of the Army Staff in September, Lt Gen Naravane was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.

Lt Gen Naravane, 59, is considered to be an expert in China and also has vast experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and India’s North-east region. Currently he the vice chief in the Army and before that headed the Kolkata-based Eastern Command that responsible for guarding India’s border with China in the eastern region. India’s security challenges in Kashmir and the Northeast region, and the strategic competition with China, his experience and expertise will carry great value in national security decision-making.

Lt Gen Naravane, in his 37 years service, has served in countless command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter-insurgency environments in Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast region.

Naravane has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu and Kashmir and an infantry brigade on the eastern front.

He was part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka and had served as India’s defense attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.

Lt Gen Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. In June 1980 he was commissioned into the 7th battalion, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment.

Naravane is a decorated officer who has been awarded the ‘Sena Medal’ for effectively commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir.

He is also a recipient of the ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland and the ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’ for commanding of a prestigious strike corps.

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