NEW DELHI, 31 MARCH. Vice Admiral SN Ghormade, Vice Chief of Naval Staff superannuated today after more than 39 years of illustrious service. During his tenure as VCNS, he significantly contributed towards the creation and sustenance of combat ready, credible, cohesive and future-proof Navy through focused impetus on integrated planning, innovation, indigenization, adopting emerging technologies in the capital acquisition, infrastructure development along with the optimization of allocated fiscal resources.

He also worked on a roadmap for the Theatrisation of Armed Forces with emphasis on Tri-service synergy, jointmantship, and integrated planning.

The Navy has been in the forefront of AatmaNirbharta and the Flag Officer has given impetus to the AatmaNirbhar initiatives with dedicated efforts to encourage Indian industry along with DRDO. Sustained impetus on indigenization has resulted in a continuous increase in indigenous content in Naval ships. Indian Navy has also effectively utilized the ‘Make’ and ‘iDEX’ routes to achieve the objective of self-reliance by involving greater participation in the Indian industrial eco-system including the Private Sector. Under his supervision, Indian Navy laid the foundation for the induction of more than 75 game-changer technologies/ products through SPRINT challenges that were launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister during Swavlamban Seminar; to be inducted by 15 Aug 23.

During his tenure Navy has plowed back more than 2/3rd of the capital budget towards the Indian economy by processing from indigenous sources, 41 out of 43 ships and submarines for the Indian Navy are being constructed in Indian Shipyards. Many other schemes of innovation, indigenization, technological advancements, capability enhancements, and research and development projects with DRDO, DPSU, and industries were progressed along with various infrastructure Projects thus contributing towards combat efficiency during his illustrious tenure. His tenure also saw the allocation of the highest budget approvals with the highest AoNs, the Conclusion of Shipbuilding contracts, SPRINT and IDEX projects, the impetus to Indigenisation schemes, the highest expenditure in Capital Works, push to infrastructure projects.

Under his supervision, the First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier INS Vikrant was commissioned on 02 Sep 2022 in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, and the historical milestone of the maiden landing of LCA (Navy) on the flight deck of INS Vikrant at sea was completed on 06 Mar 23. This has amply demonstrated India’s capability to design, develop, construct, and operate an Indigenous Aircraft Carrier, with an Indigenous Fighter Aircraft.

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