Vice Admiral Verma to be next Navy Chief

June 6th, 2009 - 8:32 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 6 (ANI): Vice Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma has been appointed as the next Chief of the Naval Staff with effect from the afternoon of August31, 2009.

Vice Admiral Verma presently Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command will succeed Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta, who retires from service on August 31.

Born on November 14, 1950, Vice Admiral Verma was commissioned on July 1, 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.

Vice Admiral Verma was decorated with Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) and Ati Vishist Seva Medal(AVSM). He is one of the Honorary ADCs of the Supreme Commander. He is married to Madhulika and the couple has two sons. (ANI)

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