Major Rejig In Army, Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane Appointed Next Vice Chief
Indian Army’s Brigade of Guards soldiers parade down Rajpath in New Delhi. (Photograph: Sondeep Shankar/ Bloomberg News)

Major Rejig In Army, Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane Appointed Next Vice Chief

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In a major rejig in the Indian Army, Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been appointed the next vice-chief of the force, official sources said on Monday.

Lt. Gen. Naravane succeeds Lt. Gen. D Anbu who retires on Aug. 31. He will be in contention for the Army chief's post as he will be the senior-most commander when incumbent General Bipin Rawat retires on Dec. 31, sources said.

In his 37 years of service, Lt. Gen. Naravane has served in numerous command and staff appointments in peace, field and highly active counter insurgency environments. He has also commanded a Rashtriya Rifles Battalion in Jammu & Kashmir and an Infantry Brigade on the eastern front.

In another key appointment, Director General of Military Operations Lt. Gen. Anil Chauhan will be new General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Command. Sources said Lt. Gen. AS Kler has been appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of South-Western Command, succeeding Lt. Gen. Cherish Matheson. Lt. Gen. Matheson retires on Aug. 31.

Lt. Gen. IS Ghuman has been appointed General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Central Command. He will succeed Lt. Gen. Abhay Krishna. Lt. Gen. RP Singh has been appointed head of the Western Command. He succeeds Lt. Gen. Surinder Singh who retires from service on July 31. Lt. Gen. Singh is currently serving as commander of the 21 Strike Corps.

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