Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, on an official tour to India from May 12-14, met Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba here today.
Adm Richardson’s visit is intended to consolidate the bilateral naval relations between India and the US and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
The Admiral also interacted with the Defence Secretary, Vice-Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman COSC and the National Security Council Secretariat.
The Indian and US Navies interact regularly at bilateral and multilateral fora and participate in maritime exercises such as Malabar and RIMPAC. Regular Subject Matter Expert exchange also takes place between both the navies to institutionalise interoperability in various fields, the release said.
After being accorded Major Defence Partner status by the US in 2016, India–US ties have grown significantly in recent years. The inaugural Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue conducted in September 2018 also facilitated new avenues for defence cooperation between the two countries, the release said.
The major issues discussed during the visit included operations and exercises, training interactions, information exchange, capacity building and capability enhancement, it added.
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