Lt Gen Ranbir Singh is new Northern Army Commander

Singh will replace Lt Gen Dev Raj Anbu, who takes over as the new Vice-Chief of the Indian Army.

Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh of the Dogra Regiment has been appointed as the new Northern Army Commander, one of the most important and challenging postings in the India Army.

Singh will replace Lt Gen Dev Raj Anbu, who takes over as the new Vice-Chief of the Indian Army.

Sources said, Singh, presently posted as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Information Systems & Training) at the Army Headquarters in New Delhi will start his new assignment on Friday June 1, 2018.

Lt Gen Ranbir Singh hails from Jalandhar and his family belongs to Ambala Jattan, Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.

His father died when he was young and his uncle, Colonel Manmohan Singh (retd), took care of him.

General Singh was the Director-General Military Operations (DGMO) in 2016, when India claimed its army carried out surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) hitting “terror camps” across the border. 

The decorated general became the face of the rare operation after he briefed the media about the strikes. 

He is an alumnus of Sainik School, Kapurthala, National Defence Academy, Pune and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He has also attended Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Faculty of Studies at Army War College, Mhow and Royal College of Defence Studies, UK.

Lt Gen Singh was commissioned into 9 Dogra Regiment on 13 December 1980. He has held various important Command, Staff and Instructor appointments during his career and is considered to be an expert at counterinsurgency operations, operational art and information operations. 

He has commanded the 181 Mountain Brigade and 33 armoured division and served in UN Peacekeeping Missions to Angola and Rawanda.

During his career, Gen Singh has been awarded the Yudh Seva Medal (2010) as the Brigadier of 181 Mountain Brigade and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal twice (2015, 2018) for his service.