General Manoj Pande on Saturday took charge as India’s new Chief of Army Staff, succeeding General MM Naravane in the role. Pande was previously the army’s vice chief – a position he assumed in February when he replaced Lieutenant General CP Mohanty, who retired after serving his term.
He becomes the first officer from the Corps of Engineers, also known as ‘sappers’, to hold the top position in the Indian Army. Officers from the ‘sappers’ have served as commanders and vice chiefs, but never as army chief.
Earlier in the day the Indian Army tweeted photographs of General Naravane where he was seen paying his respects at the National War Memorial and receiving a guard of honour on the lawns of South Block.
“General MM Naravane COAS was presented a Ceremonial Guard of Honour at the SouthBlock lawns on the occasion of relinquishing the appointment of the Chief of the Army Staff,” ADG PI – Indian Army tweeted.
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