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Gen BS Raju to take over as army vice chief on May 1 | Latest News India

NEW DELHI: Lieutenant General Baggavalli Somashekar Raju will take over as the subsequent army vice chief on May 1, changing Lieutenant General Manoj Pande who takes cost as India’s twenty ninth army chief on Saturday after General Manoj Mukund Naravane completes his time period within the prime job, officers accustomed to the event mentioned on Friday.

Gen Raju, a professional helicopter pilot, is at present the army’s director normal of navy operations (DGMO) and on this capability, he was intently monitoring the lingering two-year border standoff with China within the delicate Ladakh sector. Lieutenant General Manoj Katiyar will substitute Raju as the army’s subsequent DGMO.

An alumnus of Sainik School Bijapur and National Defence Academy, Raju was commissioned within the Jat Regiment on December 15, 1984.

In a navy career spanning 38 years, Gen Raju commanded his battalion throughout Op Parakram within the western theatre and in Jammu and Kashmir, the Uri brigade alongside the Line of Control, a counter-insurgency pressure and the Srinagar-based HQs 15 Corps. He has additionally served as the commandant of the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan, the army mentioned in an announcement on his appointment.

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He is a professional helicopter pilot who carried out operational flying in Somalia as a part of a United Nations peace mission.

Raju has undergone essential career programs in India and attended the Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom. He additionally holds a Master’s diploma in counter terrorism from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, United States.

Meanwhile, General Pande would be the first officer from the Corps of Engineers, additionally identified as sappers, to grow to be army chief. Officers from the sappers have served as army commanders and vice chiefs, however by no means held the army chief’s position.

Pande will take over as chief at a time when India is working on a highway map for the navy’s theaterisation to greatest utilise the resources of the three providers for future wars and operations.

India’s first chief of defence employees (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, who died in a helicopter crash final December, was spearheading the theaterisation drive. The authorities is but to appoint a successor. The CDS’s demise was seen as a setback to the continued navy reforms, together with theaterisation.

The border standoff in jap Ladakh is about to enter its third year, with a full decision nonetheless not in sight regardless that the 2 sides have had partial success in disengaging rival troopers from some friction areas on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and talks are on to finish the impasse that has cast a shadow over the bilateral relationship.

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