Vice Admiral SN Ghormade will take charge as the vice chief of the Indian Navy from Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar who is set to retire on Saturday, officials said. Ghormade had been holding the charge of deputy chief of the Integrated Defence Staff (Operations and Training) since March 8, they said.
Ghormade has also served as the chief of staff of the Eastern Naval Command as well as the director general of naval operations. A graduate of the National Defence Academy, Ghormade was commissioned into the Indian Navy on January 1, 1984.
He has held various operational and staff appointments over the past 35 years, including the commands of guided-missile frigate INS Brahmaputra, submarine rescue vessel INS Nireekshak and minesweeper INS Alleppey.
Ghormade was also the principal director of personnel, director of naval plans, and joint director naval plans at the naval headquarters, besides the director (military affairs) at the Ministry of External Affairs.