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Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command

1. Vice Admiral Nirmal Verma was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1970. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he is a specialist in Communications and Electronics Warfare. During his career spanning over 37 years, he has served in various afloat and shore appointments.

2. As a Communications specialist, he has served as the Fleet Communication Officer of the Western Fleet, and at the Directorate of Naval Signals. His command tenures include INS Udaygiri (Leander Class Frigates), INS Ranvir (Destroyer) and the Aircraft Carrier INS Viraat. He has also commanded the Indian Naval Academy, INS Mandavi.

3. The Flag Officer is a graduate of the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, UK, and thereafter served as the Head of the Training Team at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is also a graduate of the US Naval War College, after which he has served as Senior Directing Staff (Navy) at the National Defence College, New Delhi.

4. He has been the Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy's Eastern Naval Command and the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra Naval Area. The Flag Officer later served at Naval Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans).

5. On being promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral, he was appointed Chief of Personnel in Nov 2005. He was thereafter the Vice Chief of Naval Staff, from 30 Nov 06 to 30 Apr 08. The Admiral took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command on 02 May 08.

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