Vice Admiral SN Ghormade today took over as the new Vice Chief of the Navy, replacing Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar. G Ashok Kumar retired today. Prior to this, Ghormade was the Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff (Operations and Training) at the Integrated Defense Staff Headquarters.
Ghormade has served as the Chief of Staff of the Eastern Naval Command as well as the Director General of Naval Operations. He is a graduate of the National Defense Academy and joined the Indian Navy on 1 January 1984. He has held various operations and staff appointments over the last 35 years including in command of the Guided-Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra, submarine rescue vessel INS Nikshak and minesweeper INS Alleppey.
Ghormade has been Director (Military Affairs) in the Ministry of External Affairs, besides Director of Personnel, Naval Plan Director and Joint Director at Naval Headquarters.
There are large naval bases in many places of the country.
Significantly, the major bases of the Indian Navy are located in Mumbai, Goa, Karwar, Kochi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata and Port Blair. Amidst the growing presence of China in the Indian Ocean, there is a big challenge for India. The Chinese Navy currently has 75-80 submarines.
China is preparing its ports and military-bases in Sri Lanka, Burma, Pakistan and Djibouti in the Indian Ocean, due to which the presence of Chinese naval warships has also increased near India’s maritime borders. Whereas, at present, the Indian Navy has 17 submarines, including 15 conventional submarines and two nuclear submarines. One of these is the nuclear-powered submarine, INS Chakra, which India has leased from Russia.