Adm. Singh, Adm. Gilday cement Indo-US naval ties

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The Chief of naval staff said that strategic partnership and engagement between Indian and US navies have seen increased vibrancy in past few years….reports Asian Lite News

India’s Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Karambir Singh on Sunday hosted Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of United States, Adm Mike Gilday, amid the US Navy chief’s five days visit to India.

The Chief of naval staff said that strategic partnership and engagement between Indian and US navies have seen increased vibrancy in past few years.

“‘An honour and privilege to host @USNavyCNO. Strategic partnership and engagement between our navies has seen increased vibrancy in past few years. I am confident that our interactions will pave way for focused outcomes, taking our relationship on an even higher trajectory’ Adm Karambir Singh CNS,” Navy tweeted.

On Friday, US Navy chief Mike Gilday had reaffirmed the strong strategic relationship between India and United States.

“Make no mistake, the @indiannavy is one of our closest strategic partners, and our relationship is a stronghold of a #FreeandOpenIndoPacific,” US Navy CNO tweeted on Friday.

During his visit to Mumbai, Gilday also met with Vice Adm. Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, where they discussed areas for mutual cooperation and reaffirmed the growing level of naval collaboration and partnership between the two nations.

During his speech in Mumbai, live-streamed to the Indian Navy, Gilday said that our economies, values and cultures are more connected to the sea than ever before.

“Providing a safe, secure and stable maritime system is imperative to all mankind,” he said. “Though our nations’ may have different histories, cultures and geographies, as Sailors we are united by the sea. Cooperation between our navies ensures that our most vital resource – seawater – is shared sustainably and responsibly.”

Gilday said the price of peace and prosperity is maintaining a vigilant watch on, under and above the sea.

“Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without a strong maritime force,” Gilday said. “Our relationship is unwavering. The U.S. Navy is committed to maintaining a steady course of naval cooperation and growing the connections between our two navies. I am committed to that. Without a doubt, our greatest strength lies in unity.” (ANI)

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