Satish Nambiar VrC
Birth nameChenicheri Satish Nambiar
Born (1936-08-30) 30 August 1936 (age 87)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Service/branchIndian Army
Years of service1956-1994
RankLieutenant General
Service numberIC-10018
UnitMaratha Light Infantry
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Yugoslav Wars
AwardsPadma Bhushan
Vir Chakra
RelationsBrother - Vijay Nambiar
Daughter — Rekha
Son — Rajesh
Other workDistinguished Fellow of IDSA

Lieutenant General Chenicheri Satish Nambiar VrC is a retired Indian general. He was the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of UNPROFOR, the United Nations Protection Force in the former Yugoslavia during 1992-93. He is the elder brother of former UN Under-Secretary-General Vijay Nambiar.

Early life

Lt Gen Nambiar was born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 30 August 1936, to Kunhananthan Nambiar and Chenicheri Devikutty.[citation needed] He was educated mostly in Poona (present-day Pune) and Bombay, and is an alumnus of St. Xavier's College, Bombay.[citation needed] He was an Under Officer with the National Cadet Corps, and joined the 20th regular course of the Indian Military Academy.[citation needed]

Military career

During 1977-1979, Nambiar was a part of the Indian Army Training team in Iraq. During 1983-1987, he worked as a Military Adviser at the High Commission of India, London.[1]

He also worked as the Director General of Military Operations in India. He was the first Force Commander and Head of Mission of the United Nations forces in Yugoslavia. He retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (India) in 1994.[2]

After retirement

After his retirement, Nambiar worked as a researcher and author on topics related to war, defence strategy and international relations. He served on the United Nations High Level Panel on "Threats, Challenges and Change", which provided basis for the UN Secretary General's report to the 2005 World Summit. Since 2011, he is a distinguished fellow of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.[1]


Military Decorations

Param Vishisht Seva Medal Ati Vishisht Seva Medal Vir Chakra General Service Medal
Samar Seva Medal Poorvi Star Paschimi Star Raksha Medal
Sangram Medal Sainya Seva Medal High Altitude Service Medal Videsh Seva Medal
25th Anniversary of Independence Medal 30 Years Long Service Medal 20 Years Long Service Medal 9 Years Long Service Medal



  1. ^ a b "Nambiar, Satish". The University of Queensland. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Biographical Data: Satish Nambiar" (PDF). United Nations. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Vir Chakra Awardee: Lt Col Satish Nambiar, AVSM, VrC". The War Decorated Trust. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
Military offices Preceded byFirst Appointee Commander UNPROFOR 1992–1993 Succeeded byLieutenant General Lars-Eric Wahlgren (Sweden)