General Anil Chauhan on Friday became India's second Chief of Defence Staff.
The general, who took charge as the country's senior-most military commander, retired from service on May 31, 2021 when he was serving as the Eastern Army Commander.
After the government appointed him CDS, he was promoted from a three star lieutenant general -- the rank at which he retired from the Indian Army -- to a four star general.
General Chauhan will be one of four four star military officers in the Indian defence services -- the others being Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar, chief of the naval staff; Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhuri, chief of the air staff; General Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande, chief of the army staff.
Like his late predecessor General Bipin Rawat, India's first CDS, General Chauhan served in the 11 Gorkhas Regiment.
Known as an expert on China, his appointment to the top post comes amid the lingering border row between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh.
As CDS, General Chauhan's primary task will be to implement the theaterisation model to bring in tri-services synergy by rolling out integrated military commands.
IMAGE: General Chauhan, 61, at the South Block lawns prior to inspecting the tri-services Guard of Honour. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: General Chauhan arrives to inspect the Guard of Honour. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
IMAGE: General Chauhan inspects the Guard of Honour. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
IMAGE: General Chauhan, flanked by Air Marshal B R Krishna, right, Chief Of Integrated Defence Staff, and Lieutenant General Ajai Singh, left, commander-in-chief, Andaman and Nicobar Command. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
IMAGE: General Chauhan takes the salute. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: Anupama Chauhan and General Chauhan at the National War Memorial in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: General Chauhan with his father Mr Surendra Singh Chauhan at the National War Memorial. Photograph: ANI Photo
IMAGE: Chief of Army Staff General Manoj Chandrashekhar Pande at the reception for General Chauhan.
Then lieutenant general Pande had succeeded then lieutenant general Chauhan as Eastern Army commander in May 2021. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo
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