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Chief Of Armed Forces in India

The Military Forces of the Republic of India are the Indian Armed Forces and here we’re going to provide you the updated details about Chief Of Armed Forces in India. The Chief of the Army Staff is the commander and usually the highest-ranking officer of the Indian Army. The government of India has the power to choose the army chief. The selection procedure commences four-to-five months in advances. The chief of armed forces staff has a three-year tenure. It contains 03 specialized uniformed services namely the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, and Indian Army and the chief of the 03 services of Indian Armed Forces are: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) — General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff(CNS) — Admiral Sunil Lanba and Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) — Air Chief Marshal BS DHANOA. Now appliers may go through this page to get Rank Wise List of Chief Of Armed Forces in India which is well framed by the expertise of The heads of three services of Indian Armed Forces are listed below, have a look…

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1.Chief of the Army Staff

Force: Army

Name: Bipin Rawat

Rank: General

Description:  General Bipin Rawat, is an alumnus of St. Edward School, Shimla, and the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. In December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun, he was commissioned to the Fifth Bn, the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army. He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’. General Bipin Rawat had enormous experience in operations across a wide spectrum of conflict and terrain profiles. He controlled an Infantry battalion, along the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Sector; a Rashtriya Rifles Sector; an Infantry Division in the Kashmir Valley; and, a Corps in the North East. The officer also commanded a Multinational Brigade, in a Chapter VII mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). As an Army Cdr, General Bipin Rawat commanded a theatre of ops along the Western Front. The General officer, Mr. Bipin Rawat during the span of over 38 years service in uniform has been awarded for gallantry and distinguished service with the UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM; COAS Commendation and the Army Commander’s Commendation.

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2.Chief of the Naval Staff

Force: Naval

Name: Sunil Lanba

Rank: Admiral

Description: On 31 May 16, Admiral Sunil Lanba had assumed the command of the 23rd Chief of the Naval Staff. In both the Eastern and Western Fleet, Admiral Lanba is a Navigation and Direction specialist who has served as the navigation and operations officer onboard numerous ships. His sea tenures include command of INS Kakinada, a specialised Mine Counter Measure Vessel, INS Himgiri, the indigenous Leander Class Frigate, INS Ranvijay, a Kashin Class Destroyer and INS Mumbai, the indigenous Delhi Class Destroyer. His nearly four decades of experience include tenures at sea, ashore at various Headquarters, operational and training establishments as well as tri-services institutions. He has also been the Executive Officer of the Aircraft Carrier, INS Viraat and the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. It is the responsibility of the Admiral Sunil Lanba for transformation in training methodology for the future Indian Navy as the Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command. Admiral Sunil Lanba got Param Vishist Seva Medal and Ati Vishist Seva Medal for meritorious service, and is also the Honorary Aide-De-Camp to the President of India. He took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee on 01 January 2017.

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3. Chief of the Air Staff

Force: Air


Rank: Air Chief Marshal

Description: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa was commissioned in the IAF in June 1978 as a fighter pilot. He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, the National Defence Academy and the Defence, he took over as the Chief of the Air Staff on 01 January 2017. He led the IAF punch during the ‘Limited War’ against Pakistan to evict the enemy from their ‘dug in’ defences in the icy heights of Kargil region. The Air Chief Marshal has mainly flown the Kiran and MiG-21 aircraft with flying experience across the entire spectrum of fighter aircraft from the Jaguar to the state of the art MiG-29 & Su-30 MKi, with an immaculate record of flight safety throughout his distinguished career as a field commander. Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa was awarded Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) & Vayusena Medal (VM) in 1999 and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 2015 by the President of India. He was appointed Honorary ADC to the President of India on 01 Aug 15 and awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) in 2016 by the President of India.

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Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army (1947–1955)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Sir Robert McGregor Macdonald LockhartGeneral15 August 194731 December 1947
Sir Francis Robert Roy BucherGeneral1 January 194815 January 1949
Kodandera Madappa CariappaGeneral (later Field Marshal)16 January 194914 January 1953
Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji JadejaGeneral14 January 19531 April 1955

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Chief of the Army Staff (1955–Present)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Maharaj Shri Rajendrasinhji JadejaGeneral1 April 195514 May 1955
Satyawant Mallannah ShrinageshGeneral15 May 19557 May 1957
Kodendera Subayya ThimayyaGeneral8 May 19577 May 1961
Pran Nath ThaparGeneral8 May 196119 November 1962
Joyanto Nath ChaudhuriGeneral20 November 19627 June 1966
Paramasiva Prabhakar KumaramangalamGeneral8 June 19667 June 1969
Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji ManekshawGeneral (later Field Marshal)8 June 196915 January 1973
Gopal Gurunath BewoorGeneral16 January 197331 May 1975
Tapishwar Narain RainaGeneral1 June 197531 May 1978
Om Prakash MalhotraGeneral1 June 197831 May 1981
Kotikalapudi Venkata Krishna RaoGeneral1 June 198131 July 1983
Arun Shridhar VaidyaGeneral1 August 198331 January 1985
Krishnaswamy SundarjiGeneral1 February 198531 May 1988
Vishwa Nath SharmaGeneral1 June 198830 June 1990
Sunith Francis RodriguesGeneral1 July 199030 June 1993
Bipin Chandra JoshiGeneral1 July 199319 November 1994
Shankar Roy ChowdhuryGeneral20 November 199430 September 1997
Ved Prakash MalikGeneral1 October 199730 September 2000
Sundararajan PadmanabhanGeneral1 October 200030 December 2002
Nirmal Chander VijGeneral31 December 200231 January 2005
Joginder Jaswant SinghGeneral31 January 200530 September 2007
Deepak KapoorGeneral30 September 200731 March 2010
Vijay Kumar SinghGeneral31 March 201031 May 2012
Bikram SinghGeneral31 May 201231 July 2014
Dalbir SinghGeneral31 July 201431 December 2016
Bipin RawatGeneral31 December 2016Present

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Chiefs of the Naval Staff (1955–present)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Sir Charles Thomas Mark PizeyAdmiral1 April 195521 July 1955
Sir Stephen Hope CarlillVice Admiral21 July 195521 April 1958
Ram Dass KatariVice Admiral22 April 19584 June 1962
Bhaskar Sadashiv SomanVice Admiral4 June 19623 March 1966
Adhar Kumar ChatterjiAdmiral3 March 196628 February 1970
Sardarilal Mathradas NandaAdmiral28 February 197028 February 1973
Sourendra Nath KohliAdmiral1 March 197329 February 1976
Jal CursetjiAdmiral1 March 19761 March 1979
Ronald Lynsdale PereiraAdmiral1 March 197928 February 1982
Oscar Stanley DawsonAdmiral1 March 198230 November 1984
Radhakrishna Hariram TahilianiAdmiral1 December 198430 November 1987
Jayant Ganpat NadkarniAdmiral1 December 198730 November 1990
Laxminarayan RamdasAdmiral1 December 199030 September 1993
Vijai Singh ShekhawatAdmiral1 October 199330 September 1996
Vishnu BhagwatAdmiral1 October 199630 December 1998
Sushil KumarAdmiral30 December 199829 December 2001
Madhvendra SinghAdmiral29 December 200131 July 2004
Arun PrakashAdmiral31 July 200431 October 2006
Sureesh MehtaAdmiral31 October 200631 August 2009
Nirmal Kumar VermaAdmiral31 August 200931 August 2012
Devendra Kumar JoshiAdmiral31 August 201226 February 2014
Robin K DhowanAdmiral17 April 201431 May 2016
Sunil LanbaAdmiral31 May 2016Present

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Commander, Indian Group (1919–1920)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Tom Webb-BowenAir Commodore (later Air Vice-Marshal)20 September 191927 January 1920

Air Officer Commanding RAF, India (1920–1938)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Tom Webb-BowenAir Commodore (later Air Vice-Marshal)27 January 192031 December 1922
Philip GameAir Vice-Marshal31 December 19225 November 1923
Sir Edward Leonard EllingtonAir Vice-Marshal (later Marshal of the Royal Air Force)5 November 192327 December 1926
Sir Geoffrey SalmondAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)27 December 19266 February 1931
Sir John Miles SteelAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)6 February 19312 March 1935
Sir Edgar Ludlow-HewittAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)2 March 193529 September 1937
Sir Philip Joubert de la FertéAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)29 September 193727 December 1938

Air Officer Commander-in-Chief, Air Forces in India (1938–1947)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Sir Philip Joubert de la FertéAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)27 December 19386 October 1939
Sir John Frederick Andrews HigginsAir Marshal6 October 193926 September 1940
Sir Patrick PlayfairAir Marshal26 September 19406 March 1942
Sir Richard PeirseAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)6 March 194227 April 1943
Sir Guy GarrodAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)27 April 19438 March 1944
Meredith ThomasAir Vice-Marshal8 March 19441 April 1946
Sir Roderick CarrAir Marshal1 April 194622 November 1946
Sir Hugh WalmsleyAir Marshal22 November 194615 August 1947

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Air Officer Commanding, Royal Indian Air Force (1947–1948)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Sir Thomas ElmhirstAir Marshal15 August 194721 June 1948

Commander-in-Chief, Royal Indian Air Force (1948–1950)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Sir Thomas ElmhirstAir Marshal21 June 194825 January 1950

Commander-in-Chief, Indian Air Force (1950–1955)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Sir Thomas ElmhirstAir Marshal26 January 195023 February 1950
Sir Ronald Ivelaw-ChapmanAir Marshal (later Air Chief Marshal)23 February 19509 December 1951
Gerald GibbsAir Marshal10 December 195131 March 1954
Subroto MukerjeeAir Marshal1 April 195431 March 1955

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Chief of the Air Staff (1955–present)

NameRankAppointment DateLeft Office
Subroto MukerjeeAir Marshal1 April 19558 November 1960
Aspy EngineerAir Marshal1 December 196031 July 1964
Arjan SinghAir Chief Marshal (later Marshal of the Indian Air Force)1 August 196415 July 1969
Pratap Chandra LalAir Chief Marshal16 July 196915 January 1973
Om Prakash MehraAir Chief Marshal16 January 197331 January 1976
Hrushikesh MoolgavkarAir Chief Marshal1 February 197631 August 1978
Idris LatifAir Chief Marshal1 September 197831 August 1981
Dilbagh SinghAir Chief Marshal1 September 19813 September 1984
Lakshman Mohan KatreAir Chief Marshal3 September 19841 July 1985
Denis La FontaineAir Chief Marshal3 July 198531 July 1988
Surinder MehraAir Chief Marshal1 August 198831 July 1991
Nirmal Chandra SuriAir Chief Marshal31 July 199131 July 1993
Swaroop KaulAir Chief Marshal1 August 199331 December 1995
Satish Kumar SareenAir Chief Marshal31 December 199531 December 1998
Anil TipnisAir Chief Marshal31 December 199831 December 2001
Srinivasapuram KrishnaswamyAir Chief Marshal31 December 200131 December 2004
Shashindra Pal TyagiAir Chief Marshal31 December 200431 March 2007
Fali Homi MajorAir Chief Marshal31 March 200731 March 2009
Pradeep Vasant NaikAir Chief Marshal31 March 200931 July 2011
Norman Anil Kumar BrowneAir Chief Marshal31 July 201131 December 2013
Arup RahaAir Chief Marshal31 December 201331 December 2016
Birender Singh DhanoaAir Chief Marshal31 December 2016Present

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