Lt Gen Manoj Pande will take charge as the chief of the Indian Army’s Eastern Command on Tuesday, i.e. June 1. He will succeeds Lt Gen Anil Chauhan. Lt Gen Pande served as 15th Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN). On Monday, he relinquished the command of the only tri-services operational command of the Armed Forces. Lt Gen Ajay Singh will take over as Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command.
Lt Gen Pande is an alumnus of National Defence Academy. He commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) in December 1982. Lt Gen Pande is a graduate of Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom). The General officer also attended the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College (NDC) at Delhi. He has also actively taken part in Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram. IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria Flies ‘Missing Man’ Formation in Mig-21 BISON to Pay Tribute to Sqaudron Leader Abhinav Choudhary.
In his farewell address on Monday after relinquishing the command of the only tri-services operational command of the Armed Forces, he CINCAN highlighted the present and emerging security challenges and complimented all ranks for maintaining a very high level of operational readiness despite the COVID pandemic. He emphasised on the importance of synergy amongst the three services and Indian Coast Guard to achieve desired operational outcome. He later inspected the Joint Forces Guard of Honour at INS Utkrosh.
Under the General Officer’s command, during this last one year, the ANC has significantly enhanced the operational preparedness and successfully conducted a number of major Tri-Service operational exercises, BrahMos missile firing and joint exercises with foreign Navies. The Command also conducted a unique joint operational exercise during the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind in March 2021. Emphasis was also given to speed up ongoing infrastructure works at Port Blair and other outlaying stations such as Shibpur, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Campbell Bay.The General Officer has remained at the forefront of efforts to harmonise the working relationship with civil administration and the people of the Islands.