Controller Personnel Services (CPS)

Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, AVSM, NM

Director General of Naval OperationsVAdm SN Ghormade, AVSM, NM, a Navigation and Direction Specialist was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jan 1984. He is a graduate 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.

He is the recipient of the Best Naval Cadet Gold Medal, Vice Admiral AK Chatterjee Trophy, Capt BD Naidu Shield at the NDA, the ‘Binoculars’ for Best All Round Cadet, first in Seamanship and Electrical Engineering in Cadet Training Ship INS Mysore, overall first in merit in the course at the end of Sub Lt Technical courses, second in the Navigation and Direction Specialisation course, Distinction in United States Naval Staff College at Naval War College, Rhode Island, and the C-in-C Silver Medal in the Naval Higher Command Course at Naval War College. The officer also holds MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from Mumbai University, MSc Defence and Strategic Studies from University of Madras, and Master’s Degree in Personnel Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, University of Pune.

During his career spanning over 36 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 Guided Missile Frigate INS Ganga.

His important staff appointments ashore include 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, Local Workup Team (West), and Instructor at the Navigation Direction School and the National Defence Academy.

As Flag Officer, the officer has held the appointments of Assistant Chief of Personnel (Human Resources Development), Flag Officer Commanding Karnataka Naval Area, Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area, Director General Naval Operations and Chief of Staff Eastern Naval Command, prior assuming the present appointment of Controller Personnel Services.

The Flag officer was awarded the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal on 26 Jan 2017 and Nausena Medal in 2007 by the President of India, and Commendation by the Chief of the Naval Staff in 2000. He enjoys Reading, Trekking, Horse riding and water sports.

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