The Buque Armada Peruana (B.A.P.) Unión, an impressive Sail Training Tall Ship from the Peruvian Navy, is on a goodwill visit to Mumbai from October 31 to November 5, 2023. On its arrival at Mumbai, the ship paid tribute to the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command by firing 15 ceremonial gun salutes. A traditional Indian Navy welcome was extended to the vessel, complete with a live band performance.
Concurrently, His Excellency Javier Manuel Paulinich Velarde, the Ambassador of Peru to India, is also in Mumbai. The Ambassador discussed with Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, on board the BAP Unión.
The Commanding Officer of BAP Unión laid a wreath at the Gaurav Stambh and met with Rear Admiral Kunal Singh Rajkumar, Chief Staff Officer (Operations), Headquarters Western Naval Command on November 1, 2023. The discussions encompassed mutual interests, training, and the potential for enhancing maritime cooperation between the two navies.
Throughout the ship’s stay in the harbour, personnel from both navies will participate in professional exchanges, sharing best practices. Furthermore, a joint beach cleanup initiative is planned at Girgaon Chowpatty, demonstrating the commitment of both navies to giving back to the community.
The firing of gun salutes is a longstanding naval tradition, signifying respect and honour for the senior naval officer when a warship enters a naval harbour for the first time. This tradition, dating back through naval history, persists in modern times with most warships equipped with ceremonial guns for this purpose.
India and Peru mark the 60th year of their diplomatic relations this year, a testament to the enduring nature of their bilateral ties. Despite being located on different continents, the two nations share significant maritime interests and are committed to deepening their bilateral cooperation.