Thiruvananthapuram: Vice Admiral S.V. Bhokare assumed office as the Commandant of the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala in Kerala on Thursday.
 
He is the first officer from the submarine arm to take over the reins of the Indian Naval Academy, a statement said.
 
Vice Admiral Bhokare is a specialist in navigation and direction and a Graduate of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in Tamil Nadu.
 
He attended the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and holds a Master’s 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 career spanning 32 years, the Vice Admiral has commanded three frontline submarines, INS Sindhughosh, INS Sindhudhvaj and INS Sindhushastra, as well as guided missile frigate INS Beas and submarine base INS Vajrabahu.