Verma New Navy Chief-designate

The Government has decided to appoint Vice Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma, presently Flag officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) Eastern Naval Command as the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from the afternoon of 31 August, 2009. The present Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sureesh Mehta retires from service on that day.

Born on 14 November 1950, Vice Admiral Verma was commissioned on 1 July 1970 into the Executive Branch of Indian Navy. During his long and distinguished service spanning nearly 39 years, he has served in a variety of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. Vice Admiral Verma's Sea Command includes Leander class Frigate "Udaigiri", Guided Missile Destroyer "Ranvir" and the Aircraft Carrier "Viraat". Before taking over as FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command, he was Vice Chief of the Naval Staff at the Naval Headquarters.

Vice Admiral Verma is an alumnus of Royal Naval Staff College, UK and Naval War College, USA. He has instructional experience at National Defence College as Senior Directing Staff and at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He also commanded the Naval Academy at Goa.

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