Chief of the Naval Staff to Attend International Maritime Review
 
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Chief of the Naval Staff to Attend International Maritime Review

Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, is on an official tour to Singapore
 
Chief of the Naval Staff to Attend International Maritime Review Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, is on an official tour to Singapore from May 15. The Admiral will be attending the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) 50 International Maritime Review (IMR). This visit commemorates 50 years of the RSN which was formed on 05 May 1967, and International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX) 2017. Besides attending the IMR and IMDEX 17, the visit aims to consolidate existing Maritime Cooperation initiatives as well as explore new avenues.

Defence cooperation between India and Singapore is primarily focused towards Maritime Cooperation. India signed a Defence Cooperation Agreement in 2003, which was renewed in 2015.

Indian Navy and Singapore Navy are partners in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a Maritime Cooperation constructed, conceptualised and pioneered by Indian Navy in 2008. Both countries have been conducting the bilateral exercise ‘SIMBEX’ since 1994. The next edition of the exercise is scheduled to be conducted off Singapore from May 18 to May 24.

Both navies also engage in Navy to Navy Staff Talks, which commenced in 2004. The 12th Staff Talks were conducted in March 2017 and the 13th Staff Talks are scheduled to be held in 2018.

The last visit by the Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy was by Admiral RK Dhowan in 2015 and the Singaporean Naval Chief Rear Admiral Lai Chung Han last visited India in Feb 2016 for the IFR at Visakhapatnam.

India and Singapore share similar maritime challenges such as coastal security, large coastal shipping and fishing fleet, wherein both navies have opportunities to learn from each other’s experiences. In addition, ground exists for cooperation on a number of issues common to both navies.

During the visit, Admiral Sunil Lanba is scheduled to hold discussions with the Defence Minister of Singapore, the Chief of Defence Forces, Singapore and the Chief of Singaporean Navy, besides having bilateral talks with a number of Chiefs of other Navies attending the event at Singapore.

 
 


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