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Lt Gen Subramanian to lead UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan

Subramanian has a distinguished military career with the Indian Army spanning over 36 years.

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New York: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of India’s Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Subramanian succeeded Lt Gen Shailesh Tinaikar of India to whom the Secretary-General was grateful for his tireless dedication, invaluable service and effective leadership as UNMISS Force Commander, an official statement said.

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Subramanian has a distinguished military career with the Indian Army spanning over 36 years. He has tenated wide range of command, staff and instructional appointments.

Most recently, he served as the General Officer Commanding, Military Region (Operational and Logistic Readiness Zone) in central India, contributing to the Army’s operational and logistic preparedness.

Previously, he served as the Additional Director General for Procurement and Equipment Management at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army) (2019-2021), General Officer Commanding a Strike Infantry Division (2018-2019), Deputy General Officer Commanding of Infantry Division (2015-2016) and Commander of a Mountain Brigade (2013-2014) among other appointments within the Indian Armed Forces.

Subramanian served as India’s Defence Attache to Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia (2008-2012) and as a Staff Officer with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone in 2000.

He holds two masters of philosophy degrees in defence and management studies as well as Social Sciences.

Subramanian is an alumnus of Sainik School, Amaravatinagar, Tamil Nadu, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.

He is serving as the Commandant of Defence Services Staff College since February 1.

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