Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma on Friday took over as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, succeeding Air Chief Marshal PV Naik who retires on Sunday.
The COSC is the committee of the three Services chiefs and the senior-most of them heads it and works for increasing coordination and synergy among the three forces.
Commissioned into the Navy in 1970, 60-year-old Verma is a specialist in communication and electronic warfare and has four decades of experience spanning across various afloat and ashore appointments.His sea tenures include commands of INS Ranvir, a Kashin Class Destroyer and the Aircraft Carrier, INS Viraat.
An alumnus of the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, UK and the US Naval War College, Rhode Island, Verma has been the Flag Officer Commanding, Maharashtra Naval Area, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans) and Vice Chief of Naval Staff.
Prior to taking over the command of the Navy, he also commanded the Vishakhapatnam-based Eastern Naval Command.