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Admiral Sunil Lanba leaves for UK to explore new avenues

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 12 2019 7:39AM
Admiral Sunil Lanba leaves for UK to explore new avenues
And, as well as to consolidate existing maritime cooperation initiatives Visit aims to take forward vision set forth during Modi’s visit in 2015 New Delhi, Mar 12 (HS): To consolidate existing maritime cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba is embarking on UK visit from today (12 to 15 March). The Admiral’s visit to UK also aims to take forward the vision that was set forth during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UK in November 2015. During the three-day visit, Admiral Sunil Lanba is scheduled to hold discussions with the Chief of Defence Staff, UK in London and the First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth. Admiral Sunil Lanba is also scheduled to visit the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, RN Submarine Rescue Facility at Glasgow and interact with the organisers of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh. The Indian Navy has had traditional links with the Royal Navy (RN) which have come a long way since institutionalisation of various defence forums for enhancing bilateral relationship between the two countries. With the constitution of the Indo-UK Defence Consultative Group (DCG) and the Military Sub Group (MSG) in 1995, a two-tier structure of cooperation was established to progress various areas of defence cooperation. In September 2004, the two countries inked a pact to embark upon a strategic partnership in which defence cooperation figured prominently. The ‘Service-level Staff Talks’ forum, officially referred to as ‘Executive Steering Group’ is the primary mechanism of enhancing cooperation between the two Armed Forces. Indian Navy and Royal Navy are partners in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a Maritime Cooperation construct conceptualised and pioneered by Indian Navy in 2008. Royal Navy participated in the 10th anniversary celebrations of IONS at Kochi in November 2018. The bilateral naval exercise Konkan is a significant operational link between the two navies and is held every year, alternately off the coast of India and UK. The two navies also interact on a host of issues like training, doctrinal concepts and Maritime Domain Awareness. Hindusthan Samachar/Shri Ram Shaw
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