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Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM is the current Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army.[1] He assumed office on 1 September 2019 following retirement of Lt. General Devraj Anbu.[2]


Manoj Mukund Naravane

Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM GOC-in-C, Eastern Command.jpg
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of serviceJune 1980 – present
RankLieutenant General of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant General
Service numberIC-38750H
Unit7 Sikh Light Infantry
Commands heldIndian Army HQ.jpg Vice Chief of the Army Staff
IA Eastern Command.jpg Eastern Command
IA Training Command.jpg Army Training Command
AwardsParam Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal ribbon.svg Sena Medal
Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg Vishisht Seva Medal

Prior to this appointment, he was GOC-in-C, Eastern Command of the Indian Army.[3][4]

Early Life and educationEdit

He completed his school education in Jnana Prabodhini Prashala, Pune. Naravane is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He also has a master's degree in Defence Studies from Chennai University and M.Phil. in Defence and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore.[5][6]

CareerEdit

Naravane was commissioned into 7th Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980. He has vast experience and has served in Counter-Insurgency Operations in Kashmir and Northeast India. He has commanded a Rashtriya Rifles battalion in Jammu and Kashmir; an Infantry brigade; Assam Rifles in Northeast India as Inspector General (North); a Strike Corps; General Officer Commanding (GOC), Delhi Area; and 20th General Officer Commander-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), Army Training Command (1 December 2017 - 30 September 2018). In addition, he was an instructor at the Army War College, Mhow and served as the Indian Defence Attache to Myanmar.[6][5][7] He was also the commander of the 2017 Republic Day parade.[8][9]

Naravane served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Army Training Command from 1 December 2017 to 30 September 2018. Later, he also served as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command from 1 October 2018 to 31 August 2019, succeeding Lt Gen Abhay Krishna.[10][11][6][5]

During his career, he has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (2019),[12] Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (2017), Sena Medal and Vishist Seva Medal (2015) for his service.[13][5][14] In July 2019, he was appointed to succeed Devraj Anbu as Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) when the latter retires on 31 August, and will become the senior-most serving general when Bipin Rawat retires as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on 31 December 2019.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Naravane likes painting, yoga and gardening. He is married to Veena Naravane who is a teacher and has 25 years of experience. She is the Vice President, Army Wives Welfare Association . They have two daughters.[5]

Honours and decorationsEdit

Dates of rankEdit

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
  Second Lieutenant Indian Army 7 June 1980[15]
  Lieutenant Indian Army 7 June 1982[16]
  Captain Indian Army 7 June 1985[17]
  Major Indian Army 7 June 1991[18]
  Lieutenant-Colonel Indian Army 31 December 2002[19]
  Colonel Indian Army 1 February 2005[20]
  Brigadier Indian Army 19 July 2010 (seniority from 13 January 2008)[21]
  Major General Indian Army 1 January 2013 (seniority from 7 April 2011)[22]
  Lieutenant-General Indian Army 10 November 2015 (substantive)[23]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gurung, Shaurya Karanbir. "Naravane appointed as new Vice Chief of Indian Army, four army commanders appointed". The Economic Times. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Lt Gen MM Naravane assumes appointment of VCOAS". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 2019-09-01.
  3. ^ "Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane takes over as GOC-in-C of Indian Army's Eastern Command". The New Indian Express.
  4. ^ "Lt Gen Naravane relinquishes charge of Eastern Command, to take over as VCOAS". 2019-08-31.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane takes over Gen officer Commanding-in-chief of ARTRAC". Archived from the original on 2017-12-04.
  6. ^ a b c "Lt Gen Naravane takes over as ARTRAC chief". Archived from the original on 2017-12-03.
  7. ^ "In break from past, Lt Gen doesn't stand behind Prime Minister during speech". The Indian Express. 2017-08-16. Archived from the original on 2017-08-16. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  8. ^ News18 (2017-01-25). "#RepublicDay 2017 Parade is commanded by Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane,Sena Medal,Vishisht Seva Medal General Officer Commanding,Delhi Areapic.twitter.com/LBSSwAOQho". @CNNnews18. Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  9. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  10. ^ "Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane takes over as GOC-in-C of Indian Army's Eastern Command". The New Indian Express.
  11. ^ "Lt Gen Naravane relinquishes charge of Eastern Command, to take over as VCOAS". 2019-08-31.
  12. ^ "Press Information Bureau". pib.nic.in.
  13. ^ "Press Information Bureau". Archived from the original on 2017-10-13. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  14. ^ "Ashok Chakra Awarded to NK Neeraj Kumar Singh of 13 Rajputana Rifles (Posthumous) 374 Republic Day Gallantry and Other Defence Decorations Announced". pib.nic.in. Archived from the original on 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-04.
  15. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 16 May 1981. p. 673.
  16. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 11 December 1982. p. 1514.
  17. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 7 June 1986. p. 924.
  18. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 25 April 1992. p. 813.
  19. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 31 July 2004. p. 1053.
  20. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 25 March 2006. p. 411.
  21. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 5 May 2012. p. 636.
  22. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 22 March 2014. p. 428.
  23. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 20 February 2016. p. 478.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Devraj Anbu
Vice Chief of the Army Staff
1 September 2019 - Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Abhay Krishna
General Officer Commander-in-Chief Eastern Command
1 October 2018 - 31 August 2019
Succeeded by
Anil Chauhan
Preceded by
Dewan Rabindranath Soni
General Officer Commander-in-Chief Army Training Command
1 December 2017 - 30 September 2018
Succeeded by
Pattacheruvanda C Thimayya
Preceded by
General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area
2016 - 2017
Succeeded by
Asit Mistry