Washington, May 16 : India and the United States considered specific steps for further cooperation between navies of the two countries during Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson's visit this week.
Adm. Richardson, who concluded a three-day visit to India on Tuesday, said that the two strategic partners' shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific enabled even more opportunities for the future.
Richardson met Chief of the Naval Staff Adm. Sunil Lanba and senior military, diplomatic and national security officials of India.
"We took the opportunity during the visit to discuss specific steps that will set the stage for further cooperation between our two navies.
"Our mutual commitment and shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific enables even more opportunities for the future," a US Navy statement quoted him as saying.
The two heads of navy discussed the strategic importance of growing the two navies’ partnership and the need to focus on information sharing and exchange. Both also discussed their shared view on a multilateral approach in maintaining maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific region.
“Nothing beats the chance to meet in person. I’m grateful for the friendship and vision of Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is nearing the end of a very impactful term as Chief of the Indian Navy. He has been a strong advocate for a closer partnership between our two navies, and we’ve made significant progress," said Richardson.
During the visit, he met with the US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, and discussed how to strengthen relations between the two countries and navies.
“This visit provided a critical opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the Indian Navy and the US Navy,” said Richardson. (UNI)