Indian Navy Chief to begin US visit on Monday
New Delhi: Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will be visiting the US from March 19-23, an official statement said.
The visit is aimed at consolidating the cooperation between the armed forces of both countries and also to explore new avenues of defence cooperation.
During his visit, the Navy Chief will hold bilateral discussions with US Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of the Navy Richard V Spencer, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph F Dunford Jr, and other senior ranking officials.
He would also hold meetings with Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson, Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris, Pacific Fleet commander, Admiral Scott Swift, and Naval Sea Systems Command chief Vice Admiral Thomas J Moore.
Admiral Lanba will be visiting the Pacific Command Headquarters at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, the Naval Surface Warfare Centre (NSWC) Dahlgren, the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.
India has also been accorded Major Defence Partner status during by the US.
The Indian Navy cooperates with the US Navy on many issues, which include operational interactions such as the Malabar, and RIMPAC series of exercises, training exchanges, exchange of White Shipping Information and Subject Matter Experts in various fields through the medium of Executive Steering Group (ESG) meetings. Warships from both navies have also been regularly visiting each other's ports.