Putting all rumours to an end, the Government clears the appointment of Lt General MM Naravane as the next Chief of the Army Staff (COAS). The General Officer will replace the current COAS General Bipin Rawat when he retires from service on Dec 31st.
Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane is currently serving as the Vice Chief of the Army Staff. He has previously served as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Eastern Command and also as GOC-in-C of the Army's Training Command (ARTRAC). An alumnus of the NDA, Lt Gen Naravane was commissioned into the 7th Battalion, The Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in Jun 1980. He has commanded troops in active Counter Insurgency environments, both in the North East and in Jammu and Kashmir.
During his service, Lt General MM Naravane has commanded troops in active Counter Insurgency environments, both in the North East and in Jammu and Kashmir. He was also a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation PAWAN.
Facts About Lt Gen MM Naravane
He is a highly decorated officer who has been awarded the ‘SM’ (Distinguished) for command of his Battalion in J&K, the ‘VSM’ for his services as IG @official_dgar (North) in Nagaland, the ‘AVSM’ for command of a prestigious Strike Corps.
He has also been honoured with ‘PVSM’ for his distinguished services as the GOC-in-C of the Army Training Command.
With appointment of Lt General MM Naravane as COAS, Government has gone with established 'Principal of Seniority' and has maintained the 'Line of Succession' In 2016, when Gen Rawat (then Lt Gen) was appointed as COAS, Government had overlooked two other senior GOs. In accordance to ‘Line of Succession’, leading the fray in accordance to 'Principle of Seniority' was Lt Gen M M Naravane closely followed by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh & Lt Gen S K Saini In line with Indian Army's traditions, Lt Gen Naravane was already being groomed as the next COAS.
The Government had in October, 2018 moved out Lt Gen Abhay Krishna, the then GOC-in-C EAC, to the Lucknow based Central Command to move #LtGenNaravane from the Army Training Command (ARTRAC).The appointment of Lt Gen Naravane to ARTRAC in Dec, 2017, even though he was one of the senior most officers and in contention for top post, had effectively denied him command of an sensitive operational command.
Originally Published as Tweet Series by Karthik Kapoor @karthikkakoor , Defence Correspondent