Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM assumes Office as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy

October 20, 2016: Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM took over charge as the Commandant of Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, today 20 October 2016. An impressive ceremonial guard of honour was presented on the occasion.

Earlier in the day Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM paid homage at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’ by placing a wreath prior to assuming command.

Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, is a specialist in Navigation and Direction and a Graduate of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Tamil Nadu. He attended the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and holds a Master Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Australian Defence College, Canberra.

The officer belongs to the elite submarine arm of the Indian Navy. In his illustrious career spanning 32 years, he commanded three frontline Submarines, INS Sindhughosh, Sindhudhvaj and Sindhushastra, as well as Guided Missile Frigate INS Beas and Submarine base INS Vajrabahu. He has also held various prestigious staff and operational appointments including Command of Submarine Squadron as Commodore Commanding Submarines (West) and Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Eastern Naval Command. On being promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, the officer was appointed as Flag Officer Submarines (FOSM) from Sep 2012 for three years and Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) from 2015 onwards.

The officer was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral on 20 October 2016 and took over as the seventh Commandant of Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. The officer is a recipient of Yudh Seva Medal (YSM) and was awarded Nao Sena Medal (NM) for his distinguished service to the nation. He is the first officer from the Submarine arm to take over the reins as Commandant of Indian Naval Academy.

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy arriving at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’ for wreath laying prior to assuming command.

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’ for wreath laying

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy laying wreath at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’ prior to assuming command

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy paying homage to martyrs at INA war memorial ‘Prerna Sthal’

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy being received by Rear Admiral MD Suresh, NM Deputy commandant, INA

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy returning salute to the ceremonial 50 men guard of honour at INA

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy inspecting the ceremonial 50 men guard of honour at INA

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy inspecting the ceremonial 50 men guard of honour at INA

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy inspecting the ceremonial 50 men guard of honour at INA

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, Indian Naval Academy, Flag officers, Commanding Officer and Senior Officer at Nalanda Block, INA

 


Vice Admiral SV Bhokare, YSM, NM, Commandant, assuming office at Indian Naval Academy

 

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