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Vice-Admiral Nirmal Verma next Navy Chief

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Nirmal Kumar Verma
Nirmal Kumar Verma

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NEW DELHI: Vice-Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, will be the country’s next Chief of Naval Staff. He will take charge from Admiral Sureesh Mehta, who retires from service on August 31, an official announcement said on Saturday.

Vice-Admiral Verma, currently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command, has, during his long and distinguished 39 years of service, commanded aircraft carrier INS Viraat.

Born on November 14, 1950, Vice-Admiral Verma was commissioned on July 1, 1970 into the Executive Branch of the Navy. He has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments.

Besides the aircraft carrier, Vice-Admiral Verma’s sea command includes leander class frigate “Udaigiri,” and guided missile destroyer “Ranvir.” Before taking over as FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command, he was Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff at the Naval Headquarters. An alumnus of the Royal Naval Staff College, U.K. and the Naval War College, U.S., Vice-Admiral Verma has instructional experience at the National Defence College as Senior Directing Staff and at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He also headed the Naval Academy at Goa. He was decorated with the Param Vishist Seva and Ati Vishist Seva Medals. He is one of the honorary ADCs of the President.

Vice-Admiral Verma is married to Madhulika and the couple have two sons.

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