Manoj Mukund Naravane
General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC (1).jpg
Official portrait, 2020
Acting Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
In office
15 December 2021 – 30 April 2022
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byBipin Rawat (as CDS)
27th Chief of the Army Staff
In office
31 December 2019 – 30 April 2022
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byBipin Rawat
Succeeded by Manoj Pande
40th Vice Chief of the Army Staff
In office
1 September 2019 – 31 December 2019
PresidentRam Nath Kovind
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byDevraj Anbu
Succeeded bySatinder Kumar Saini[1]
Personal details
Born (1960-04-22) 22 April 1960 (age 62)[2]
Poona, Bombay State, India
Spouse(s)Veena Naravane
Military service
Allegiance India
Branch/service Indian Army
Years of serviceJune 1980–30 April 2022
Rank
General of the Indian Army.svg
General
Unit7 Sikh Light Infantry
Commands
Service numberIC-38750H[3]
Awards

General Manoj Mukund Naravane PVSM AVSM SM VSM ADC (born 22 April 1960) is a retired Indian Army General who served as the 27th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), as well as the temporary Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee from 15 December 2021 until his superannuation on 30 April 2022.[4][5] He took over as COAS from General Bipin Rawat on 31 December 2019 after the latter completed his term. Prior to his appointment as the COAS, the general served as the 40th Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) of the Indian Army, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Eastern Command and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Army Training Command.[6]

Early life and education

Naravane hails from Maharashtra.[7][8] His father, Mukund Naravane, is a former officer in the Indian Air Force who retired in the rank of Wing Commander and his mother Sudha was an announcer with the All India Radio.[9][10] He completed his schooling at the Jnana Prabodhini Prashala in Pune.[11]

Naravane is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He also holds a master's degree in Defence Studies from University of Madras, Chennai and an M.Phil. in Defence and Management Studies from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore and he is also pursuing PhD in defence and strategic studies from Punjabi University, Patiala.[12] Naravane has attended the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Army War College, Mhow.[13][14]

Career

Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area on the occasion of 71st Independence Day, in Delhi on August 15, 2017
Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane, General Officer Commanding, Delhi Area on the occasion of 71st Independence Day, in Delhi on August 15, 2017
CDS General Bipin Rawat with COAS General Manoj Mukund Naravane(Left), CNS Admiral Karambir Singh and CAS Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria after the ceremonial Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on January 01, 2020
CDS General Bipin Rawat with COAS General Manoj Mukund Naravane(Left), CNS Admiral Karambir Singh and CAS Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria after the ceremonial Guard of Honour, in New Delhi on January 01, 2020

Naravane was commissioned into 7th battalion The Sikh Light Infantry in June 1980. He has commanded the 2nd Battalion (SikhLi) of Rashtriya Rifles in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the 106 Infantry brigade. He has also commanded the Assam Rifles as Inspector General (North) in Kohima, Nagaland. He has served in Counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeast India, as well as the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation Pawan.[15]

His staff assignments include tenures as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster General (AA&QMG) of Headquarters Establishment No. 22. The General has also served as the Military attaché to Myanmar at Yangon.[16][17][18]

Manoj Mukund Naravane in his conference room during a virtual meeting
Manoj Mukund Naravane in his conference room during a virtual meeting

In addition, he served in an instructional appointment at the Army War College, Mhow as Directing Staff in the Higher Command Wing and two tenures at the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters of Ministry of Defence, New Delhi.[19]

Lt Gen Naravane as GOC-in-C Eastern Command in early 2019
Lt Gen Naravane as GOC-in-C Eastern Command in early 2019

On promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General, he commanded the Ambala-based Kharga Strike Corps and served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) Delhi Area. As GOC Delhi Area, he commanded the 2017 Republic Day Parade.[20][21]

After being promoted to Army Commander grade, 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.[6][22][14][13]

On 1 September 2019, he was appointed Vice Chief of the Army Staff (VCOAS) when Lt Gen Devraj Anbu retired on 31 August, and became the senior-most serving general after General Bipin Rawat.[23] On 16 December 2019 (Vijay Diwas eve) he was announced as the successor of General Rawat, who relinquished the office of COAS on 31 December 2019.[24][25]

General Naravane is the 3rd officer from the Sikh Light Infantry to become Chief of the Army Staff, the other officers from this regiment were the 18th COAS General Ved Prakash Malik and the 24th COAS General Bikram Singh.[26]

Personal life

Naravane hails from Pune, Maharashtra. He likes painting, yoga and gardening. His wife, Veena Naravane, is a teacher with 25 years of experience. She is the president of Army Wives Welfare Association. They have two daughters.[13]

Honours and decorations

During his career, he has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (2019), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (2017), Sena Medal, Vishist Seva Medal (2015), and the CoAS commendation card for his service.[3][27][13][28] He is also the Colonel of the Regiment of the Sikh Light Infantry, he took over this honour from previous colonel of the Regiment Lt Gen Devraj Anbu post his retirement.

Param Vishisht Seva Medal ribbon.svg
IND Videsh Seva Medal Ribbon.svg
IND 50th Anniversary Independence medal.svg
IND 30 Years Long Service Ribbon.svg
IND 20YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg
IND 9YearsServiceMedalRibbon.svg
Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
Sena Medal Vishisht Seva Medal Samanya Seva Medal

Special Service Medal

Operation Parakram Medal

Sainya Seva Medal

Videsh Seva Medal

50th Anniversary of Independence Medal 30 Years Long Service Medal 20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal

Dates of rank

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
Second Lieutenant of the Indian Army.svg
Second Lieutenant Indian Army 7 June 1980[29]
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Lieutenant Indian Army 7 June 1982[30]
Captain of the Indian Army.svg
Captain Indian Army 7 June 1985[31]
Major of the Indian Army.svg
Major Indian Army 7 June 1991[32]
Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army.svg
Lieutenant-Colonel Indian Army 31 December 2002[33]
Colonel of the Indian Army.svg
Colonel Indian Army 1 February 2005[34]
Brigadier of the Indian Army.svg
Brigadier Indian Army 19 July 2010 (substantive, seniority from 13 January 2008)[35]
Major General of the Indian Army.svg
Major General Indian Army 1 January 2013 (substantive, seniority from 7 April 2011)[36]
Lieutenant General of the Indian Army.svg
Lieutenant-General Indian Army 10 November 2015 (substantive)[37]
General of the Indian Army.svg
General
(COAS)
Indian Army 1 January 2020[38]

References

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