Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma will arrive in the city on Wednesday for his first official visit to the Eastern Naval Command after assuming office on August 31. He will be accompanied by his wife Madhulika Verma, who is also president of Navy Wives’ Welfare Association. Admiral Verma, the 20th Chief of Indian Navy, is a specialist in communication and electronic warfare.

His nearly four decades of experience spans various afloat and ashore appointments. Launching of INS Arihant, commissioning of the Air Station INS Parundu and of the new Air Squadrons INAS 311 and INAS 350 were among the major achievements.

He also provided impetus to synergise the Coastal Security infrastructure and was responsible for timely completion of the Married Accommodation Project for officers and sailors.

A host of events are scheduled during Admiral Verma’s first visit to the ENC in the present capacity. He would inspect a ceremonial parade, address officers and men, interact with defence civilians and inaugurate the Married Accommodation Project on Dolphin Hill.

He will leave Vizag on Thursday.