Who: Erstwhile Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Areas
What: Divided into two Separate Headquarters
When: 21 October 2015
The Ministry of Defence on 21 October 2015 divided the erstwhile Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Areas into two separate headquarters. It was divided into two under Flag Officer Maharashtra Area and Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area.
This was done with an objective to enhance operational and administrative structure of the organisation.
The charge of Flag Officer Maharashtra Area was assumed by Rear Admiral Satish Namdeo Ghormade from Rear Admiral Murlidhar Sadashiv Pawar who now will officiate as Flag Officer Gujarat Naval Area.
Rear Admiral SN Ghormade is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla and his career spans over 31 years. During this period he has been through a myriad of operational and staff appointments.
His operational appointments include commands of the Guided Missile Frigate INS Brahmaputra, Submarine Rescue Vessel INS Nireekshak, and Minesweeper INS Allepey.
He is the recipient of the Nau Sena Medal in 2007 by the President of India and Commendation by Chief of Naval Staff in 2000.