Head of Indian Navy Admiral Nirmal Varma has rubbished claims that the navy force is not capable of waging a war with countries like China. “The notion of Indian Navy being incapable of engaging in a war has been created by neighboring countries just to fuel economic competition in the Asian region. We are working continuously towards the modernization and empowerment of our forces and the development of nuclear submarine Arihant is the latest example of it,” said the Admiral.
He added that Indian Navy and Coast Guard are working together to prepare a list of the vessels required by them. The Union Government is very serious about strengthening both wings. For this reason, a nuclear submarine has been taken on lease from Russia to thwart any terror attacks or other threats. Admiral Varma stated that, “Safety of the Indian coastline is a major priority of the Indian Government and it is helping us in all manners. The Defence Ministry is also providing all the support needed to acquire vessels and other equipment.”
Admiral Verma Bio:
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1970, Admiral Verma is a specialist in communication and electronic warfare, and has four decades of experience spanning across various on and offshore appointments.
His sea tenures include commands of INS Ranvir, a Kashin Class Destroyer, and India’s lone aircraft carrier INS Viraat.
He is an alumnus of the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, and the US Naval War College, Rhode Island.
In the flag rank, he has been the Flag Officer Commanding of Maharashtra Naval Area, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy and Plans), Chief of Personnel, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, and the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command.