General Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, ADC took charge of the Indian army chief on 31 December, 2019. General Naravane is the 28th Army Chief, who will lead 13 lakh soldiers of Indian Army. Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat completed his three-year term as the Chief of Army Staff. General Rawat has been appointed as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the country.
Before taking over as Chief of the Army Staff, General Mukund Naravane was serving as the Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Vice Chief of Indian Army). Before becoming the Deputy Chief of Army Staff, he was heading the Eastern Command, which oversees the nearly 4,000-km-long border with China.
Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy(NDA) and the Indian Military Academy(IMA). He was commissioned into the 7th battalion, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980.
General Narwane has served in many command and staff appointments during his 37-year tenure. He carried out important operations in the disturbed areas in Jammu and Kashmir and North East during his duty.
General Naravane commanded the National Rifles Battalions in Jammu & Kashmir and led the Infantry Brigade on the Eastern Front. He has also been a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. Apart from this, General Naravane also served as a Defence Attache for three years in the Indian Embassy in Myanmar.
Watch The video of Former Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and Current Indian Army Chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane where Gen Naravane thanked Gen Bipin Rawat and said, “You have always supported me in everything.”