New Delhi: The 15th Commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command (CINCAN) Lieutenant General Manoj Pande on Monday relinquished his charges following his appointment as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Army Command with effect from June 1.
In his farewell address, the CINCAN General Pande highlighted the present and emerging security challenges and complimented all ranks for maintaining a very high level of operational readiness despite the COVID pandemic.
He emphasised on the importance of synergy amongst the three services and Indian Coast Guard to achieve desired operational outcome.He later inspected the Joint Forces Guard of Honour at INS Utkrosh.
Under the General Officer’s command, during last one year, the Andaman & Nicobar (ANC) significantly enhanced the operational preparedness and successfully conducted a number of major Tri-Service operational exercises, BrahMos missile firing and joint exercises with foreign Navies.
Under his tenure, the Command also conducted a unique joint operational exercise during the visit of President of India Ram Nath Kovind in March 2021 and speed up ongoing infrastructure works at Port Blair and other outlaying stations such as Shibpur, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Campbell Bay.
The General Officer has remained at the forefront of efforts to harmonise the working relationship with civil administration and the people of the Islands.
On the eve of relinquishing command, the CINCAN called on Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Admiral DK Joshi (Retd) to bid farewell and express gratitude to him and the Union Territory (UT) administration for the support and cooperation during his tenure at the ANC.
He assured the Lt Governor that ANC will continue to extend full support to the UT administration as and when required.