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Lt General Manoj Pande to Be Next Indian Army Chief

Outgoing chief General M.M. Naravane is expected to be appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff, a post that has been vacant since General Bipin Rawat died in December 2021.

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New Delhi: Lieutenant General Manoj Pande will succeed General M.M. Naravane as the Army chief at the end of this month, government sources confirmed.

The elevation of Lt Gen Pande was expected after he was posted as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff in January this year.

Before taking charge as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff, he was heading the Eastern Army Command tasked with guarding the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh sectors.

General Naravane’s tenure will come to an end on April 30. He is expected to be appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), as The Wire has reported. The post of CDS has been vacant since General Bipin Rawat’s death in a helicopter crash on December 8, 2021.

Lt Gen Pande was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers in December 1982.

In his distinguished career, he has held several prestigious command and staff assignments in conventional as well as counter-insurgency operations in all types of terrain.

He commanded an engineer regiment along the Line of Control during the Operation Parakram in Jammu and Kashmir, an engineer brigade in the western sector, an infantry brigade along the LoC and a mountain division in high-altitude areas of western Ladakh and a corps in the Northeast.

He has served as chief engineer in the UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. He was the Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) from June 2020 to May 2021.

For his illustrious service, he has been conferred Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vishisht Seva Medal, the Chief of Army Staff Commendation and the GOC-in-C Commendation.

(With PTI inputs)