USA Navy chief Adm Michael Gilday in India is on a five-day visit to boost the ties between the naval cooperation of the two countries. The visit is from October 11 to October 15.
Delhi: Adm Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy was accorded Guard of Honour today at South Block today.
He is on a five-day official visit to India, from 11th-15th October. pic.twitter.com/6is0eSs3qv
— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2021
Chief of USA naval operations Adm Michael Gilday today held talks with Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh. The meeting focus on boosting bilateral maritime security cooperation. Hence,a range of issues such as regional security, the situation in the Indo-Pacific and ways to expand bilateral maritime cooperation were discussed.
After laying a garland at the National War Memorial, the US naval commander said:
India has a “long and distinguished record” of contributing to global security.
Commander Madhwal said:
“Both the Indian and the US navies have also been cooperating towards exploring new avenues for collaboration with a shared aim of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,”
The Indian Navy’s Western Command in Mumbai and Eastern Command at Visakhapatnam will be visited by Adm Michael Gilday.Hence, USA navy chief will interact with the respective Commanders-in-Chief.
Besides, From today the Malabar has begin. The participants are navies of all four Quad countries – India, the USA, Australia and Japan. The wargame will be in the Bay of Bengal till October 15th. It will include many complex drills such as frontline warships.
The India – USA ties:
- In 2016, the USA titled India as a “Major Defence Partner”.
- In 2016, India and the USA signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) It allows both countries to use each other’s bases for the repair and replenishment of supplies.
- Both the countries also signed Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). It provides for interoperability between the two militaries. It provides for the sale of high-end technology from the USA to India.
- India and the USA signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) agreement. To boost bilateral defence ties between both the countries.