Nirmal Kumar Verma

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This article is about the Chief of the Indian Navy. For the Hindi author, see Nirmal Verma.
Nirmal Kumar Verma
Portrait Admiral Verma
Admiral Verma as CNS 2009.
Born (1951-11-14) November 14, 1951 (age 63)
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Years of service July 1, 1970 - August 31, 2012
Rank Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy (31 August 2011- 31 August 2012)
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee
Flag Officer
  • Param Vishist Seva Medal
  • Ati Vishist Seva Medal, ADC

Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma (born November 14, 1951) is a former Indian Navy Admiral who served as the Chief of the Naval Staff of Indian Navy, from August 31, 2009 to August 31, 2012. In November 2012, he was appointed as the High Commissioner to Canada.

Early life[edit]

Born on November 14, 1951, he joined the Indian Navy at the age of 19.[1] He studied at Goethals Memorial School Kurseong, Royal Naval Staff College in the UK, and the Naval War College in the US.[2]

Military career[edit]

Verma took charge of the Naval Academy in Goa, and subsequently became commander of a series of Indian Navy ships, including INS Ranvir (D54) and INS Viraat, India's only aircraft carrier. He rose to the rank of Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C) of the Eastern Naval Command, and was appointed Chief of the Indian Navy upon the retirement of Sureesh Mehta on August 31, 2009. During his career he has been awarded several decorations, including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal.[3] He took over as the Chairman, Chief's of Staff Committee on July 30, 2011 from the then outgoing Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal P V Naik.[4]


  1. ^ "Nirmal Kumar Verma named Navy chief". Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  2. ^ hameed farista (2009-12-03). "Govt names Vice Admiral Nirmal Verma as the next Navy chief". Indian Express. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Vice Admiral NK Verma named next Navy Chief". 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Admiral Nirmal Verma takes over as Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee". India strategic. 2011-06-21. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sureesh Mehta
Chief of the Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Devendra Kumar Joshi
Preceded by
Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee
2011 - 2012
Succeeded by
Norman Anil Kumar Browne