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Former Navy Chief S M Nanda passes away

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Admiral S M NandaFormer Chief of Naval Staff Admiral S M Nanda died here last night after a prolonged illness, an official statement said here today.

Mr Nanda, 93, was admitted to a hospital here yesterday morning with complaints of fever and breathlessness. The end came around 11 pm last night, sources said.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Suresh Mehta expressed deep condolences at the demise of Admiral Nanda, describing him as one of the greatest stalwarts of the Indian Navy.

"In his passing, the nation has lost a hero and a visionary leader, who contributed significantly to the growth of the modern Indian Navy. He will always be remembered in the most glowing terms for his leadership of the Indian Navy during the Indo-Pak Conflict of 1971, in which the Indian Navy carved its name in golden letters in the annals of history by its sterling offensive actions.

"Admiral Nanda remained in constant touch with the Navy even in his twilight years and continued to be a source of inspiration and support to the Naval community. His demise is a great loss to the Navy and the Nation," Admiral Mehta added.

Adm. Nanda, who was honoured in 1972 with the Padma Vibhushan, the country's second highest civilian honour, was cremated at the Delhi Cantonment with full military honours.

Adm. Nanda was the Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy from February 28, 1970 until February 28, 1973.

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