December 4, 2022

Ensuring maritime security in IOR objective behind Australian Navy Chief’s visit to India

New Delhi, Royal Australian Navy Chief VAdm Michael Noonan visited India from February 25–28 and called on Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral R Hari Kumar on February 28 to discuss avenues to strengthen the growing cooperation between the two nations and navies, deal with challenges emerging on the maritime front, and enhance collaboration and interoperability to ensure maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

CoN RAN had earlier visited Headquarters, Eastern Naval Command (HQENC) at Visakhapatnam to participate in Indian Navy’s biennial multilateral naval exercise MILAN 22. The Admiral was also a Guest Speaker during the International Maritime Seminar of MILAN 22.

The Admiral was provided a broad overview of regional security dynamics and the operational aspects in recent times, particularly those related to delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) to Friendly Foreign Countries, conducting counter piracy operations, enhancing maritime safety and security in the region, and strengthening foreign cooperation, with special emphasis on IN – RAN cooperation.

CoN RAN’s visit was an important event in the continued and regular dialogue between Indian Navy and the Royal Australian Navy to cement and strengthen their comprehensive global strategic partnership further. Previsouly, the respective Principals had signed ‘Joint Guidance for Australia – India Navy to Navy Relationship’ in August 2021. Terms of Reference for the Conduct of Navy to Navy talks between the two navies were signed in September 2021.

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