Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane took over as the 28th Army chief on Tuesday, succeeding General Bipin Rawat whose three-year tenure as chief has ended today. Lieutenant General Manoj Naravane was currently the Vice Chief of Army Staff. With Naravane’s appointemnet, all the three services Chiefs including Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh are from the 56th course of the National Defence Academy.
Meanwhile, General Bipin Rawat has become India’s first Chief of Defence Staff, who will take over the duties on the same day. Earlier on Tuesday, General Bipin Rawat paid tribute at National War Memorial and will take over as the first Chief of Defence Staff on January 1, 2020.
Meanwhile, General Bipin Rawat received his farewell Guard of Honour as the Army Chief at South Block. CDS Bipin Rawat said, “Today as I demit the office of Chief of Army staff, I wish to convey my gratitude to the soldiers, rank and file of Indian Army who have stood steadfast under challenging circumstances.”
While wishing Lieutenant General Manoj Narvane, General Bipin Rawat stated that ” I wish to convey my best wishes to General Manoj Naravane who will be assuming the office as the 28th Army chief, for a successful innings.” On being asked whether Indian Army is better prepared to take on the challenges at Pakistan and China border, General Bipin Rawat said, “Yes, they are better prepared.”