Vice Adm S.N. Ghormade assumes charge as Vice Chief of Naval Staff

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Vice Admiral SN Ghormade assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff at a formal ceremony held at South Block in New Delhi on Saturday morning. Vice Admiral SN Ghormade takes over from Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar who retires today after a service of 39 years.

The Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS) is the second-highest ranking officer of the Indian Navy and the deputy to the Chief of the Navy.

Vice Admiral SN 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.

Vice Admiral Ghormade was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 1, 1984 and is a Navigation and Direction specialist. He 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.

Vice Admiral Ghormade’s 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.

Vice Admiral S.N. Ghormade on Saturday assumed charge as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff.

During Vice Adm Kumar’s tenure as Vice Chief, the Navy saw an increase in budget allocation with 100% utilisation of allocated budget with impetus on capital acquisition, the statement said. The first ever procurement case under the Strategic Partnership model for Project 75(I) was successfully progressed for issuance of Request For Proposal (RFP) during his tenure, it said.

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