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Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane will succeed Army Chief Bipin Rawat, who retires at the end of this month, after a three-year stint. Lt General Naravane will take charge on the noon of December 31 and will serve as the Army chief for two years and four months.

Lt General Naravane became the 40th Vice Chief of the Indian Army in September this year. Before that he was heading the Eastern Command of the Army which takes care of India’s nearly 4,000-km border with China.

Commissioned into the 7th Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980, he has been the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Army Training Command. He has also served in Counter-Insurgency Operations in Kashmir and Northeast India.

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

He has been awarded the “Sena Medal” (Distinguished) for commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir, “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.

Once Naravane joins in as the Army Chief, all three current service chiefs — Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and IAF Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria — will be from the same 56th NDA course.

Pune-born Lt-Gen Naravane completed his schooling from Jnana Prabodhini Prashala before joining the National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He holds a Master’s degree in Defence Studies and an M.Phil in Defence and Management Studies.

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