Commander-in-Chief,
Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN)
Incumbent
Lieutenant General
Ajai Singh
AVSM

since 1 June 2021
Formation2001
First holderVice Admiral Arun Prakash
AVSM, VrC, VSM, ADC
WebsiteOfficial Website

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.

History

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.[1] 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).[2] 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.

Structure of the Andaman and Nicobar Command
Structure of the Andaman and Nicobar Command

In March 1981, FORTAN was upgraded to a Two star appointment tenanted by a Rear Admiral.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Organisation

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.[6]

List of Commanders

The following is a list of Commanders-in-Chief of the A&N command.[7]

No Name Branch Appointment Date Left Office References
1 Vice Admiral Arun Prakash AVSM, VrC, VSM  Indian Navy 8 October 2001 30 December 2002 [8][9][10][11]
2 Vice Admiral O. P. Bansal AVSM 15 January 2003 30 September 2003 [12][13]
3 Lieutenant General Bhupender Singh Thakur AVSM  Indian Army 1 October 2003 13 January 2005 [14][15]
4 Lieutenant General Aditya Singh AVSM & bar 14 January 2005 27 February 2006 [16][17]
5 Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh PVSM, AVSM, NM  Indian Navy 28 February 2006 25 October 2006 [18][19]
6 Air Marshal Packiam Paul Rajkumar AVSM  Indian Air Force 2 December 2006 31 December 2007 [20][21][22]
7 Air Marshal Sadasivan Radhakrishnan AVSM 1 January 2008 30 September 2008 [23][24]
8 Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar AVSM  Indian Navy 30 September 2008 30 September 2009 [25]
9 Vice Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM 30 September 2009 28 December 2010 [26]
10 Lieutenant General N C Marwah AVSM  Indian Army 1 January 2011 31 October 2012 [27][28]
11 Air Marshal Pramon Kumar Roy AVSM, VM, VSM  Indian Air Force 2 November 2012 30 June 2014 [29]
12 Vice Admiral Pradeep Kumar Chatterjee AVSM, NM  Indian Navy 1 July 2014 28 February 2016 [30]
13 Vice Admiral Bimal Verma AVSM 29 February 2016 1 December 2019 [31]
14 Lieutenant General Podali Shankar Rajeshwar PVSM, AVSM, VSM  Indian Army 1 December 2019 31 May 2020 [32][33]
15 Lieutenant General Manoj Pande AVSM, VSM 1 June 2020 31 May 2021 [34]
16 Lieutenant General Ajai Singh AVSM 1 June 2021 Incumbent [35]

List of CINCAN by branches of service

Army - 6
Navy - 7
Air Force - 3

See also

References

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