Prime News, National (New Delhi), June 2:- In a significant development, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who had announced the September 2016 surgical strikes along the LoC, assumed the charge as the new chief of Indian Army’s Northern Command on Friday.
Singh replaces Lt. Gen Devraj Anbu who took over as the new Vice Chief of Army Staff.
Singh, 58, will be the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command, which has is headquartered at Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was the Director General Military Operations (DGMO) when the Army commandos carried out the surgical strikes against insurgent camps in Myanmar in June 2015 and terror launch pads along the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29, 2016.
He was the one who later briefed the media about the operations.
Having served as a Colonel and Brigadier in the military operations directorate that oversees and coordinates all operations and troop movements, Lt Gen Singh is likely to be one of the front-runners for the Army chief’s post when General Bipin Rawat ends his tenure in December 2019.
Lt. Gen. Manoj Mukund Naravane, who now heads the Army Training Command at Shimla and is senior to Lt Gen Singh, will be another front-runner for the post to lead the second largest army in the world after China and the US.
Lt. Gen. Singh was commissioned into the 9th Battalion of the Dogra Regiment in 1980 and has had varied staff and command exposures. He has commanded a Mountain Brigade, an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps.
His tenures also include United Nations Peacekeeping assignment at Rwanda and Chief Operations Officer at Sudan.
Lt. Gen. Devraj Anbu, one of the highly decorated officers, also assumed the charge of Vice Chief of the Army Staff on Friday, succeeding Lt. Gen. Sarath Chand. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).