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“Multiple Challenges Ahead,” Says Gen. Pande After Taking Charge as the Army Chief

On Sunday, newly appointed Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande stated that his “first and main” goal will be to guarantee very high levels of operational readiness to address existing, contemporary, and future security threats throughout the whole spectrum of warfare.

Gen Pande also stated that the global geopolitical scenario is fast-changing, resulting in various challenges ahead and that the Army would deal with any circumstance in “coordination and collaboration” with the Indian Air Force and Navy.

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The Army commander stated that he will focus on the Army’s continuing reforms, restructuring, and transformation to improve operational and functional efficiency, while also emphasising the significance of achieving self-reliance in defence.

The Army commander was addressing the media after being presented with a ceremonial guard of honour on the South Block grounds a day after taking command of the army.

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Gen Pande takes over as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff on Saturday, succeeding incumbent Gen MM Naravane.

Gen Pande, who was serving as Vice Chief at the time, became the first commander from the Corps of Engineers to command the 1.3 million-strong force.

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Prior to his appointment as Vice Chief of Army Staff on February 1, Gen Pande led the Eastern Army Command, which is responsible for defending the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh sectors.

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