Newly-appointed Indian Army chief General Manoj Pandey accorded 'Guard of Honour'

New Delhi:

Newly-appointed Indian Army chief General Manoj Pandey was given a ceremonial guard of honor at the lawns of South Block on Sunday. General Pandey said that his utmost and foremost priority would be to ensure high standards of operational preparedness to meet current, contemporary and future security challenges across the entire spectrum of conflict.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) also said that he will focus on the ongoing reforms, restructuring and transformation of the Indian Army to enhance its operational and functional efficiency.

The Indian Army chief said that his force, in coordination with the Indian Air Force and Navy, will effectively deal with all possible security challenges facing the nation.

“In terms of capacity development and force modernization, my endeavor will be to leverage new technologies through indigenization and self-reliance,” he added.

After the retirement of General MM Naravane, General Manoj Pandey took over as the 29th Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on Saturday. General Pandey, who served as the Vice Chief, became the first officer from the Corps of Engineers to take over the reins of the 1.3-million-strong Indian Army.


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