Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Outgoing Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, handed over the baton to the new Chairman, General Bipin Rawat.
The Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee is the senior most officer in the three defence forces. This is probably the last such ceremony as the government is appointing a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) who would become the senior most defence officer in the country.
Ministry of Defence, tweeting some pictures of the baton handing ceremony said, “The outgoing Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa handing over the baton to the new Chairman COSC Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat in New Delhi, today. Also seen in the picture is Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh.”
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Air Chief BS Dhanoa also addressed the gathering. The event was attended by Navy Chief Admiral Karmabir Singh and CISC to Chairman COSC, Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar.
General Rawat was commissioned into Fifth Battalion, the Eleventh Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army in December 1978, from IMA, Dehradun.
He commanded 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.