New Delhi: Senior Odia officer and Lieutenant General CP Mohanty was appointed as the commander of the Southern Army Command, the Indian Army said on Thursday.
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 fell vacant after Gen MM Naravane was appointed Chief of Army Staff.
Mohanty has operational experience along the borders with Pakistan and China. He has also been active in counter-insurgency operations in Assam. At present, he is serving as General Officer Commanding of Uttar Bharat area.
Besides, Lt Gen YK Joshi has been appointed 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.