New Chiefs of Army, IAF to take charge today


New Delhi, December 30


Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag and IAF chief Arup Raha will hand over their respective charge to new Chiefs tomorrow.

The separate ceremonies will be held at South Block lawns and the Air Headquarters for the retiring Chiefs of both the forces and taking over of the new chiefs.

The government had formally announced the appointment of the new Army and IAF chiefs on December 16.

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat will assume the charge as new Army Chief and Air Marshal BS Dhanoa will replace Air Chief Marshal Raha as the new IAF chief.

Lt Gen Rawat was appointed for the top post overlooking the seniority of the two fellow generals, triggering a debate in the political and defence establishment.

After the retirement of Gen Suhag and Air Chief Marshal Raha, Navy Chief Sunil Lanba, being the senior most officer in the Armed Forces, will head the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Admiral Lanba received the baton from the outgoing Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal Raha.


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