Vice Admiral SN Ghormade assumed the charge as chief of staff, Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam, on Thursday.
Vice Admiral Ghormade was commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1984. He is a graduate of National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, and Pune, United States Naval Staff College at Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and the Naval War College, Mumbai.
In addition to a specialisation in Navigation and Direction within the Navy, the Admiral holds an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Mumbai, MSc Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras and Master's Degree in Personnel Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (University of Pune).
During his career spanning more than 35 years, Ghormade has been through a myriad of operational and staff appointments. His operational appointments include commands of Guided Missile Frigate 'INS Brahmaputra', Submarine Rescue Vessel 'INS Nireekshak' and Minesweeper 'INS Allepey' as well as second in command of Guided Missile Frigate 'INS Ganga'. Prior to taking over as chief of staff, he held the post of Director General Naval Operations.
The President of India awarded Vice Admiral Ghormade the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on Jan. 26, 2017 and the Nau Sena Medal in 2007. He received a commendation from the Chief of Naval Staff in 2000.
Ghormade is married and has a daughter and a son. He enjoys reading, trekking, water sports, horse riding and golf.