Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh on Friday assumed the charge of Northern Army Commander.He was commissioned into the 9th battalion of the Dogra Regiment in 1980 and has varied staff and command experience.General Singh, who as Director General of Military Operations had informed Pakistan of “surgical strikes”, replaced Lt Gen Dev Raj Anbu, who has been appointed as the vice-chief of army staff.
General Singh hails from Jalandhar district of Punjab and 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.
He has held various important command, staff and instructor appointments during his career. He is considered to be an expert in counter-insurgency operations, operational art and information operations.He has commanded a Mountain Brigade, an Armoured Division and a Strike Corps. Besides an assignment with the UN peace keeping mission in Rwanda, he has been a chief operations officer at Sudan.
He has had multiple tenures in Military Operations Directorate in various ranks, including Director General Military Operations of Indian Army.
During his career, he has been awarded with Yudh Seva Medal (2010) as the brigadier of 181 Mountain Brigade and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal twice (2015, 2018) for his service.
Prior to taking over as the Northern Army Commander, he was tenanting the appointment of deputy chief of army staff.
On assuming the charge, Gen Singh greeted all ranks and expressed his commitment to take forward the “excellent work by his predecessors in these challenging conditions”.