New Delhi: Navy Chief Adm R Hari Kumar visited Australia from September 26 to September 28 and held meetings with key Australian defence leaders and agreed to pursue collaborative activities in several areas of bilateral convergence.
This was his first official visit to Australia upon assuming the office of the Navy Chief.
During the visit, he held meetings with Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, Chief of Navy, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Vice Admiral David Johnston, Vice Chief of Australian Defence Forces, Greg Moriarty, Secretary of Defence, Air Marshal Robert Chipman, Chief of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Air Vice Marshal Mike Kitcher, Deputy Chief of Joint Operations.
During these meetings, the leaders expressed their commitment to pursue collaborative activities in several areas of bilateral convergence, the Indian Navy said.
Adm R Hari Kumar visited Royal Australian Navy facilities at HMAS Penguin and Hydrographic School.
He, accompanied by Manpreet Vohra, Ambassador of India to Australia and the Chief of Navy, RAN interacted with the prominent members of Australian Think Tanks to understand and develop new maritime cooperation opportunities.
The discussions also highlighted the need for raising the level of synergy and focused efforts for overcoming the challenges of the maritime environment.
India and Australia share the commonality of perspectives on several contemporary maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific and have been working together closely in several bilateral and multilateral fora such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, Indian Ocean Rim Association and Western Pacific Naval Symposium.
Coming on the heels of the successful participation of Indian Naval Ship Satpura and one P8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft of the Indian Navy in the recently concluded multilateral exercise Kakadu, hosted by the RAN at Darwin, the visit of the Navy Chief further consolidated the strong and long-standing bilateral relations between two countries, the Indian Navy said.