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Tuesday 1 June 2021

New army commander takes over Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC)

Lt Gen Ajai Singh, AVSM assumed charge as the 16th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) today. The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is India’s only tri-service theatre command.

He is an alumnus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned in Dec 1983, into 81 Armoured Regiment, a regiment raised by his late father. A fifth-generation cavalry officer, his family has served in the military for a combined 162 years since 13 September 1858.

General Ajai Singh has been an instructor of tank gunnery and tactics at the Armoured Corps Centre & School. He has also served in important assignments at the Army HQ, HQ Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) and as a Military Observer with the UN Peacekeeping mission in Angola. 

He has served in counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley and in North East, where he was posted in a Mountain Division on the border. As a major with over 16 years of service, the general volunteered for a tenure on the Siachen Glacier. He was posted to a Maratha Light Infantry battalion, where he commanded a rifle company in Operations VIJAY (Kargil) and MEGHDOOT (Siachen Glacier). He was awarded the Army Chief’s Commendation for gallantry. 

The General has tenanted sensitive posts in Army HQ in the Military Operations Directorate, the Directorate General (DG) of Financial Planning and the Directorate General of Military Training. He has also commanded an armoured regiment, a brigade, a division and a corps deployed on the border in Punjab & Rajasthan. 

He has attended a mountaineering course at the High-Altitude Warfare School and tank gunnery and technology courses. He was selected to attend a UN Senior Mission Leader Course at Indonesia. He attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) course in the UK. 

The officer’s civil educational qualifications include a BSc, an MBA with ORSA specialisation, an MSc in Defence Studies, an MPhil in Defence & Management Studies and an MA in International Security and Strategy from Kings College, London. He is currently pursuing a PhD on “Emerging Trends in China-Pak Relations with reference to CPEC and its implications for India”. 

Lt Gen Ajai Singh has recently authored three key studies. These include the initial draft of the Army’s “Land Warfare Doctrine, 2018”, the “Army HQ Re-organisation Study, 2019” and an important Operational Study concluded in 2020.

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