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Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane takes charge as chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee

The post fell vacant following the death of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat in the IAF helicopter crash on Dec 8.

PTI Edited by: PTI New Delhi Updated on: December 16, 2021 11:07 IST
Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane, general naravane takes charge as chairman of Chiefs of Staff
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Army Chief General MM Naravane takes charge as chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee. 

Highlights

  • The post fell vacant following death of CDS Gen Bipin Rawat in IAF helicopter crash on Dec 8
  • Gen Naravane has been given the charge as chairman of committee
  • CoSC met and condoled death of Gen Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel

Army Chief General MM Naravane has assumed the charge as the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee that comprises the three service chiefs, people familiar with the development said on Wednesday.

The post fell vacant following the death of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat in the IAF helicopter crash on December 8. General MM Naravane has been given the charge as the chairman of the committee as he is the senior-most among the three service chiefs, the people cited above said.

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari and Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar had taken over their respective positions on September 30 and November 30.

Before the creation of the post of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), the senior-most among the three service chiefs used to be the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

The Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) met on Tuesday and condoled the death of General Rawat, his wife Madhulika and 11 armed forces personnel.

Group Captain Varun Singh, the lone survivor of the crash, succumbed to injuries on Wednesday (December 15) at a military hospital in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, General Naravane held a telephonic conversation with Lt Gen Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Mutair, the Commander of Royal Saudi Armed Forces.

 The Army said they discussed issues of bilateral defence cooperation. 

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