The Northern Command and Southern Command has appointed its new chiefs and they are none other than Lt Gen Y.K. Joshi and Lt Gen C.P. Mohanty. Lt. Gen C.P. Mohanty will succeed Lt Gen SK Saini who will take charge as new vice chief of the Army on Saturday. The post of vice chief was vacant after Gen MM Naravane was appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff.
Lt Gen C.P. Mohanty’s operational experience consists of places along the borders of Pakistan and China and he is also experienced in active counter-insurgency operations in the state of Assam. He led a multinational UN brigade in Congo. At present, he is serving as a General Officer Commanding of Uttar Bharat area.
Lt Gen YK Joshi has been appointed the commander of the strategically crucial Northern Command which takes care of overall security scenario along the border with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir as well as with China in Ladakh.
Lt Gen Joshi has a vast experience of anti-terror operations in Kashmir who will succeed Lt Gen Ranbir Singh who retires from service on January 31.
Lt Gen Joshi is currently serving as the Chief of Staff of the Northern Command.