Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane assumed the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff on September 1, 2019. He succeeds Lt General Devraj Anbu who after an illustrious career, superannuated on August 31, 2019. Before this, the General Officer was heading the Eastern Command of the Indian Army.
Lt General Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the 7th Battalion, The Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in Jun 1980. He brings with him an enormous amount of experience in serving in the most challenging areas. In a distinguished military career spanning almost four decades, he has the distinction of tenating key appointments in active Counter Insurgency environments, both in the North East and in Jammu and Kashmir & was a part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka during Operation PAWAN. He also has had the opportunity of serving as a Defence Attache at the Indian Embassy in Myanmar for three years.
The General is a highly decorated and accomplished Officer who has been awarded the 'Sena Medal' (Distinguished) for command of his Battalion in J&K, the 'Vishisht Seva Medal' for his services as the Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) in Nagaland, the 'Ati Vishisht Seva Medal' for command of a prestigious Strike Corps and was honoured with 'Param Vishisht Seva Medal' for his distinguished services as the GOC-in-C of the Army Training Command.