News: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat said that Western and the Eastern Command of the Indian Navy will be merged into a single command, to be called the Peninsular Command, and theatre commands will be rolled out by 2022.
- It is a joint command which unifies and places the resources of all forces i.e. IAF, the Army and the Navy at the command of a single senior military commander.
- Existing commands in India:
- 19 commands [14 geographic commands, 3 functional and 2 joints: the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) and Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC)].
Note: A command is an organizational unit for which a military commander is responsible.
CDS: It is a permanent position for a combined head of the tri-services i.e. Army, Navy and Air Force.