Vice Admiral S N Ghormade, has assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff from Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar at a formal ceremony held this morning at South Block, New Delhi. Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar retires after a service of 39 years.
Vice Admiral S N Ghormade was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 1 January, 1984 and is a Navigation and Direction specialist. The Flag Officer has had an extensive operational tenure onboard frontline warships of the Indian Navy. During his career of 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.
His 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 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 26 January, 2017 and Nausena Medal in 2007 by the President of India, and Commendation by the Chief of the Naval Staff in 2000.
He has succeeded Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar who retires after more than 39 years of illustrious service on 31 July 2021. During his tenure as VCNS, the Navy saw an increase in budget allocation with 100 percent utilisation of allocated budget with impetus on capital acquisition. He proactively pushed for adopting ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ mission with Navy allocating more than 2/3rd of capital procurement from indigenous sources, 39 out of 41 ships and submarines for Indian Navy are being constructed in Indian Shipyards. The first-ever procurement case under the Strategic Partnership Model for Project 75(I) was successfully progressed for issuance of RFP during his tenure. Many other instances of technological advancements, capability enhancements and research and development projects with DRDO and DPSU were progressed during his illustrious tenure.