South Western Command
IA South Western Command.jpg
South Western Command's insignia today
Active2005 - Present
Country India
Branch Indian Army
TypeCommand
Garrison/HQJaipur, Rajasthan
Commanders
GOC-in-CLt Gen Amardeep Singh Bhinder, AVSM, VSM

The South Western Command of the Indian Army was established on 15 April 2005 and became fully operational on 15 August 2005.[1] It was in response to the emerging threats and opportunities on the Western Indo-Pak border. It is headquartered at Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Lieutenant General Amardeep Singh Bhinder is the present commander.[2]

The command's operational units include I Corps, formerly under Central Command, X Corps, likewise transferred from Western Command and an Artillery Division.[1]

Structure

Currently, the Western Command has been assigned operational units under:- I Corps, X Corps and 42nd Artillery Division. The command in total has following units under its belt :- 3 infantry divisions (1 for Mountain warfare), 1 armoured division, 1 artillery division, 2 Reorganised Army Plains Infantry Division (RAPID), 1 armoured brigade, 1 Air-defence brigade, and 1 engineering brigade.

Structure of South-Western Command
Corp Corp HQ GOC of Corp

(Corp Commander)

Assigned Units Unit HQ
I Corps

(StrikeCorps)

Mathura, Uttar Pradesh Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Katiyar [3] 33rd Armoured Division Hisar, Haryana
4th Infantry Division Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
23rd Infantry Division Ranchi, Jharkhand
X Corps

(Chetak Corps)

Bathinda, Punjab Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Mago [4] 16th Infantry Division Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan
18th RAPID Kota, Rajasthan
24th RAPID Bikaner, Rajasthan
6th Armoured Brigade N/A
615th Air-defence Brigade N/A
471st Engineering Brigade N/A
N/A N/A N/A 42nd Artillery Division Jaipur, Rajasthan

List of Commanders

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South-Western Command
Rank Name Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission References
Lieutenant General Krishnamurthy Nagaraj 15 April 2005 31 July 2006 Maratha Light Infantry [5]
Lieutenant General Parmendra Kumar Singh 1 August 2006 31 July 2008 Regiment of Artillery [6][7]
Lieutenant General Chanroth Kunnumal Suchindra Sabu 1 September 2008 30 November 2010 Regiment of Artillery [8][6]
Lieutenant General Shri Krishna Singh 1 December 2010 31 October 2011 8th Gorkha Rifles [9]
Lieutenant General Gyan Bhushan 1 November 2011 31 December 2013 Mahar Regiment [10]
Lieutenant General Arun Kumar Sahani 1 January 2014 31 January 2016 Regiment of Artillery [11][12][13]
Lieutenant General Sarath Chand 1 February 2016 12 January 2017 Garhwal Rifles [14]
Lieutenant General Abhay Krishna 25 January 2017 31 July 2017 Rajputana Rifles [15]
Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson 1 August 2017 31 August 2019 Garhwal Rifles [16][17][18][19]
Lieutenant General Alok Singh Kler 1 September 2019 31 March 2021 68 Armoured Regiment [20]
Lieutenant General Amardeep Singh Bhinder 1 April 2021 Incumbent The Deccan Horse [2]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Renaldi and Rikhye 2011, 21
  2. ^ a b "Lt Gen Yogendra Dimri appointed as next Commander-in-chief of Lucknow-based Central Army Command". ANI News. 27 February 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Lt Gen Manoj Kumar Katiyar takes charge of Mathura-based Strike 1 Corps". Outlookindia.com. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  4. ^ manoj kumar, mago. "manoj kumar mago takes over chetak corps".
  5. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Punjab". tribuneindia.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". pressreader.com. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Sainik Samachar". Archived from the original on 24 October 2017.
  8. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Jharkhand | School gets new campus". telegraphindia.com. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Lt Gen S K Singh takes over as Army SW Command chief". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Lt Gen Gyan Bhushan takes over as SW command's new GOC-in-C". Moneycontrol. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  11. ^ "SW Army Commander Arun Kumar Sahni retires". Archived from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  12. ^ Singh, Mahim Pratap (1 January 2014). "Change of guard at South-Western command of Army". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni designated as GOC-in-C, South Western Command | NetIndian". netindian.in. 13 December 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Lt Gen Sarath Chand new GOC-in C of South Western Command". Archived from the original on 2 February 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  15. ^ "Lt Gen Abhay Krishna takes over Army's South Western Command". The Economic Times. 2017. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson to head army command". Deccan Chronicle. 21 July 2017. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Lt Gen Cherish Mathson takes over Army's South Western Command". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Lt Gen Mathson relinquishes command of Sapta Shakti Command in Jaipur". 31 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Sapta Shakti Command chief Cherish Mathson retires". 1 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Kler is new chief of Sapta Shakti Command". 1 September 2019.

References