Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will be in Russia for a three-day visit for consolidating the bilateral defence relations between Russia and India
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba will be visiting Russia from 26 to 29 November 2018. The three-day visit aims to consolidate bilateral defence relations between the two countries and also to explore new avenues for defence cooperation. The CNS’ visit will commence with an official visit to St Petersburg on November 26, where the bilateral discussions are scheduled with his Russian counterpart, Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev. CNS Lanba is also scheduled to lay a wreath at the Pikarev Memorial Cemetery dedicated to the victims of the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ and visit the Nakhimov Naval School and Admiralty Shipyard.
In Moscow, CNS Lanba will have discussions with Chief of General Staff and First Deputy Defence Minister of the Russian Federation, General VV Gerasimov and Director, Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitriy Shugaev. The Admiral will also be visiting the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and deliver a talk on “Indian Navy’s Perspective on Maritime Security”.
The Indian Navy cooperates with the Russian Federation Navy on many fronts, which include operational interactions, training, hydrography cooperation and exchange of Subject Matter Experts in various fields through the medium of Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks. In addition, the Indian Navy and the Russian Federation Navy have been conducting the bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘INDRA NAVY’, since 2003 and INDRA Tri-Services Exercise since 2017. The next edition of Exercise INDRA-Navy is scheduled off Visakhapatnam in December 2018.