New Delhi: Vice Admiral SN Ghormade (AVSM, NM) has assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff from Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar (PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC) at a formal ceremony held on Saturday morning at South Block, New Delhi. Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar is retiring today after a glorious service of 39 years.
VAdm Ghormade is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Naval Staff College at the United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and the Naval War College, Mumbai. The Flag Officer was commissioned in the Indian Navy on January 1, 1984, and is a Navigation and Direction specialist. The Flag Officer has had extensive operational tenures onboard frontline warships of the Indian Navy.
During his career spanning over 37 years, he has been through a myriad of operational and staff appointments. His important operational appointments include Commands of Guided Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra, Submarine Rescue Vessel INS Nireekshak, and Minesweeper INS Alleppey, and Second-in-Command of Guided Missile Frigate INS Ganga. INS Nireekshak was awarded the Unit Citation for the first time during his command.
VAdm Ghormade's important staff appointments ashore include Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development), Principal Director of Personnel, Director Naval Plans and Joint Director Naval Plans at Naval Headquarters as separate assignments, Director (Military Affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs (Disarmament & International Security Affairs), Local Workup Team (West), and Instructor at the Navigation Direction School and the National Defence Academy. The officer also held the coveted appointments of Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area and Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area.
In the rank of Vice-Admiral he has held the challenging and coveted appointments of Director General Naval Operations, Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command and Controller Personnel Services. The Flag Officer was holding the tri-service appointment of Deputy Chief (Operations & Training) at Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff prior to taking over the present appointment as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff at IHQ MoD (N).
The Flag officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on January 26, 2017, and Nausena Medal in 2007 by the President of India, and the Commendation by the Chief of the Naval Staff in 2000.
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