December 5, 2022

In a first CRNO visits India, reverberates growing cooperation between Indian Navy, Royal Navy of Oman

New Delhi, Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman (CRNO) Rear Admiral Saif Bin Nasser Bin Mohsin Al Rahbi visited India for the first time on February 14 reverberating the growing cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of Oman, which include operational interactions, training and exchange of Subject Matter Experts.

It was a goodwill visit, which aims to consolidate bilateral relations with Indian Navy, as also to explore new avenues for defence cooperation with India. 

The CRNO commenced his visit by paying homage at National War Memorial, and was received by Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral R Hari Kumar at the majestic South Block Lawns and accorded a 50-men Guard of Honour. Both the Naval Principals held discussions to explore avenues to further enhance cooperation between the navies. 

The CRNO would also be visiting Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command at Mumbai, wherein he would be interacting with the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and visit IN ships at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. 

Both navies have been participating in the biennial maritime exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ since 1993. This exercise was last conducted in 2020, off Goa and the next edition is scheduled later this year. INS Sudarshini visited Muscat in December 2021 and had embarked RNO Sea Riders for sea experience.

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