Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN)
|First holder||Vice Admiral Arun Prakash|
AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) is the head of the Andaman and Nicobar Command, the first and only Tri-service theater command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India.
The current CINCAN is Lieutenant General Ajai Singh AVSM who took command on 1 June 2021 as the 16th CINCAN.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands became a Union territory of India in 1956. The first military unit on the islands was the naval base INS Jarawa which was commissioned in 1964. The base was commanded by a Resident Naval Officer (RNO). With the establishment of subsequent garrisons in the islands, the post was upgraded to Naval Officer-in-charge Andaman & Nicobar (NOIC A&N). The naval establishments were under the command of the Eastern Naval Command during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. In October 1976, the operational control of all forces in the islands was given and the post was upgraded to Commodore, Andaman & Nicobar (COMAN). Shortly afterward, to signify jointness, all establishments came under the newly-created Fortress Andaman & Nicobar. The appointment was re-designated to Fortress Commander, Andaman & Nicobar (FORTAN). In 1978, INS Kardip was commissioned as a Forward operating base.
In March 1981, FORTAN was upgraded to a Two star appointment tenanted by a Rear Admiral. In 1987, the post was further upgraded to a three star appointment. In 1998, a 'Far East Naval Command' (FENC) was proposed, to be commanded by a Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Far East Naval Command.
With the operationalisation of the A & N Command as a unified theatre command on October 2001, Vice Admiral Arun Prakash, AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC took over as the First Commander-in-Chief of the unified command.
The CINCAN is a Three-star rank officer from the three Services in rotation. The CINCAN reports directly to the Chief of Defence Staff (India) (CDS) in New Delhi. He is assisted by the Chief of Staff of the command, a two-star officer and the commanders of each component (sea, land, air) - one-star officers.
The following is a list of Commanders-in-Chief of the A&N command.
|No||Name||Branch||Appointment Date||Left Office||References|
|1||Vice Admiral Arun Prakash||Indian Navy||8 October 2001||30 December 2002|||
|2||Vice Admiral O. P. Bansal||15 January 2003||30 September 2003|||
|3||Lieutenant General Bhupender Singh Thakur||Indian Army||1 October 2003||13 January 2005|||
|4||Lieutenant General Aditya Singh AVSM & bar||14 January 2005||27 February 2006|||
|5||Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh||Indian Navy||28 February 2006||25 October 2006|||
|6||Air Marshal Packiam Paul Rajkumar||Indian Air Force||2 December 2006||31 December 2007|||
|7||Air Marshal Sadasivan Radhakrishnan||1 January 2008||30 September 2008|||
|8||Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar||Indian Navy||30 September 2008||30 September 2009|||
|9||Vice Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi||30 September 2009||28 December 2010|||
|10||Lieutenant General N C Marwah||Indian Army||1 January 2011||31 October 2012|||
|11||Air Marshal Pramon Kumar Roy||Indian Air Force||2 November 2012||30 June 2014|||
|12||Vice Admiral Pradeep Kumar Chatterjee||Indian Navy||1 July 2014||28 February 2016|||
|13||Vice Admiral Bimal Verma||29 February 2016||1 December 2019|||
|14||Lieutenant General Podali Shankar Rajeshwar||Indian Army||1 December 2019||31 May 2020|||
|15||Lieutenant General Manoj Pande||1 June 2020||31 May 2021|||
|16||Lieutenant General Ajai Singh||1 June 2021||Incumbent|||
Army - 6
Navy - 7
Air Force - 3