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
Admiral Verma.jpg
Admiral Verma as CNS 2009.
Born (1951-11-14) November 14, 1951 (age 65)
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Years of service July 1, 1970 - August 31, 2012
Rank IN Admiral Shoulder curl.png Indian Admiral.jpg Admiral
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy
Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee
  • 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 United Kingdom, and the Naval War College in 1993 in the United States.[2]

Military career[edit]

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead, right, and Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy Adm. Nirmal Verma, middle left, tour various aircraft and facilities at Naval Air Station Paxtuxent River

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 then took over as the 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]


Param Vishisht Seva Medal
Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
30 Years Long Service Medal
20 Years Long Service Medal
9 Years Long Service Medal

Post Retirement[edit]

Adm Verma was appointed as High Commissioner of India to Canada in 2012 and continued as High Commissioner November 2014[5]


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