List of Commands of Indian Armed Forces with headquarters

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Hello Friends,  Here is the List of “Commands of Indian Armed Forces” with their headquarters.

Commands of Indian Armed Forces with Location

• Indian armed forces consist of three professional uniformed services: the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.

• Additionally, the Indian Armed Forces are supported by the Central Armed Police Forces,  Assam Rifles, Indian Coast Guard and Special Frontier Force and various inter-service commands and institutions such as the Strategic Forces Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command and the Integrated Defence Staff.

What is a ‘command’ in military terms?

• A command is an organisational unit in the military, which is supervised by one military commander who is appointed to the role to provide a legal framework for the authority bestowed.

Commands of Indian Army with Headquarters

• The Indian army operates six operational commands and one training command.

• Each command is headed by General Officer Commanding-in-Chief with the rank of Lieutenant-General.

• Each command directly reports to Army HQ in New Delhi.

• Besides these, army officers may head tri-service commands such as the Strategic Forces Command and Andaman and Nicobar Command, as well as institutions such as the Integrated Defence Staff.

Sl No. Command Headquarters
1. Central Command Lucknow
2. Eastern Command Kolkata
3. Northern Command Udhampur
4. Southern Command Pune
5. Southwestern Command Jaipur
6. Western Command Chandigarh
7. Training Command Shimla

Commands of the Indian Navy with Headquarters

Sl. No. Command Headquarters
1. Western Naval Command Mumbai
2. Eastern aCommand Vishakhapatnam
3. Southern Naval Command Kochi

Commands of the Indian Air Force with Headquarters

Sl.No. Command Headquarters
1. Central Air Command Allahabad
2. Eastern Air Command Shillong
3. Southern Air Command Thiruvananthapuram
4. South Western Air Command Gandhinagar
5. Western Air Command New Delhi
6. Maintenance Command Nagpur
7. Training Command Bengaluru

Note: The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the first and only tri-service command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India.

Coast Guard Regions with Headquarters

Sl.No. Coast Guard Headquarters
1. Western Region (W) Mumbai
2. Eastern Region (E) Chennai
3. North East Region (NE) Kolkata
4. Andaman & Nicobar Region (A&N) Port Blair
5. North West Region (NW) Gandhinagar

Important foundation Days

• This is important for “Days and Themes” asked in various competitive exams.

• Indian Coast Guard Day: 4 August
• Indian Army Day: 15 January
• Indian Navy Day: 4 December
• Indian Air Force Day: 8 October

Chief of Defence Staff

Chief of Defence Staff is a newly created post under the Indian armed forces.

• It aims to enhance the quality of military advice to the political leadership.

• It was established on 24 December 2019.

General Bipin Rawat was the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), who took office on 1 January 2020.

• On 15 December 2021, General Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash near Coonoor in the Nilgiris.

CDS General Bipin Rawat has been posthumously awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honour.

Upper age limit for the CDS has been fixed at 65 years.
• Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a Four-star General

Functions of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

• The CDS has two main functions, (1) coordination of tri-service and the (2) bureaucratic functions.

♦ Coordination or Integration of tri-service
• The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was created with the aim of improving coordination tri-service effectiveness and overall integration of the combat capabilities of the Indian armed forces.

• Indian armed forces consist of three professional uniformed services: the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.

• A new department, which is known as the Department of Military Affairs created within the Indian Ministry of Defence and it is headed by the Chief of Defence Staff,

• The DMA provides integration between the armed forces of the Union and the Ministry of Defence.

♦ Bureaucratic functions
• The CDS worked as the chief military adviser to the Minister of Defence.
• All the short-term planning of military matters like issues related to soldiers
, buying and acquiring of arms and ammunition will fall within the purview of the Department of Military Affairs which is headed by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: Who is the supreme commander of the Indian armed forces?

Answer: The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces.

Q2: The only tri-series theatre command of Indian armed forces located in?

Answer: Andaman and Nicobar Command
The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the first and only tri-service theatre command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India.

Q3: 1st commander-in-chief of the Indian armed forces?

Answer: Kodandera Madappa Cariappa OBE
Field Marshal Marshal Kodandera Madappa Cariappa was the first Indian Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Indian Army. He led Indian forces on the Western Front during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.

Q4: Headquarters of the central command of Indian armed forces located in?

Answer: Headquarters of the central command of Indian armed forces located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.


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