Lt Gen V.K. Singh Wednesday ceremonially took charge as the 26th chief of the 1.13 million-strong Indian Army after his predecessor Gen Deepak Kapoor retired.

Singh, 59, will hold the post for the next two years.

Singh, who was GOC-in-C of Eastern Command, has vast experience in counter-insurgency operations.

He comes from the Rajput Regiment and is a graduate of the Wellington-based Defence Services Staff College as well as the US Army War College at Carlisle. He did a Rangers Course at Fort Benning in the US.

He was commissioned in June 1970.

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