Lt Gen Manoj Pande appointed as next Army Vice Chief

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Lt Gen Manoj Pande appointed as next Army Vice Chief

New Delhi : Lieutenant General Manoj Pande took over as the army's vice chief succeeding Lieutenant General CP Mohanty, who retired on Monday, according to a statement from the Army. Pande was the head of the Eastern Command's HQs in Kolkata before being promoted to vice chief. Pande, a graduate of the National Defence Academy, joined the Corps of Engineers in December 1982.

During Operation Parakram in the Pallanwala Sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Lt General Manoj Pande commanded an engineer regiment. Following the terror attack on Parliament in December 2001, which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war, India launched Operation Parakram, a large-scale mobilisation of troops and weapons to the western border.

Lt General Pande has commanded an engineer brigade in the western theatre, an infantry brigade along the LoC, a mountain division in the Ladakh sector, and a corps in the north-east during his 39-year military career. Before taking command of the Eastern Command, he was the commander-in-chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command.