7 Things You Did Not Know About The New Vice Chief Of Army Staff

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane has been appointed as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) on 1 Sep 2019. The general rank officer has succeeded Lt Gen Devraj Anbu. Prior to his appointment as VCOAS Lt Gen. Narvane was serving as the General Officer Commanding In charge (GOC in C) Eastern Command of the Indian Army. With the highly decorated officer in charge of the army’s second highest position, here are a few things you should know about the new Vice Che if of Army Staff (VCOAS)

Newly appointed VOAS Lt Gen. Narvane

Alumnus of the countries premier military academies

The National Defence Academy’s Sudan Block

Lt Gen. Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Derhadun.

Aerial View of the Indian Military Academy (IMA)

Commissioned into the Sikh Regiment

The Sikh regiment has given the army some of its fiercest warriors

Lt Gen. Narvane, was commissioned into the 7th battalion of the iconic Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June of 1980.

A Sikh regiment solider aiming through his pistol sights

Served in uniform for over three decades

Lieutenant General Naravane has served in the Indian Army for 37 years, and in his nearly four decades spent in uniform, he has held several crucial appointments in all operational areas be it peace areas field postings and Counter-Insurgency operations (COIN OPS) in the valley and the North East.

Headed some of the army’s finest fighting units

Rashtriya Rifles soldier in an exchange with militants in the valley

Lt Gen. Narvane commanded a Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion, which is the Army’s premier counter-insurgency force. The Flag officer was also in command of an Infantry brigade deployed on the country’s eastern front.

Infantry soldiers in full battle kit

Served in Operation Pawan

Operation Pawan was launched to help Sri Lanka eliminate LTTE leader Prabhakaran

Lt. General Naravane served as part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan.

LTTE Militants AKA Tamil Tigers

Served as a Defence Attache in the Indian Embassy

Indian Embassy in Myanmar

The general rank officer served as India’s Defence attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.

Indian Soldiers deployed along the Myanmar border

A highly decorated General

VCOAS Narvane interacting with his troops in Arunachal Pradesh

Lt Gen. Narvane, is a decorated officer who has been awarded the ‘Sena Medal’ (SM Distinguished) for effectively commanding his battalion in Jammu and Kashmir. The Flag officer is also a recipient of the ‘Vishisht Seva Medal’ (VSM) which he was awarded, for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland, he has received the ‘Ati Vishisht Seva Medal’ (AVSM) for commanding of a prestigious strike corps. The general has also conferred the ‘Param Vishisht Seva Medal’ (PVSM) for his distinguished services as the GOC-in-C of the Army Training Command.

Lt Gen Narvane checking operational preparedness

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