INS Ranvir arrives in Bangladesh for operational deployment


INS Ranvir of the Eastern Fleet under the aegis of the Eastern Naval Command, was accorded a warm welcome by the Bangladesh Navy….reports Asian Lite News

Indian Naval Ship Ranvir arrived in Bangladesh’s Chattogram on June 29, as part of an operational deployment and will participate in multiple engagements and maritime exercises, the Ministry of Defence said in a press release.

INS Ranvir of the Eastern Fleet under the aegis of the Eastern Naval Command, was accorded a warm welcome by the Bangladesh Navy.

“The visit will further strengthen the longstanding friendship, cooperation as also robust interoperability between both nations through a series of engagements and activities aligned with the Government of India’s focus on Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” the Ministry stated.

The visit by the ship comes just after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s state visit to India from June 21-22

During the visit, personnel from the Indian and Bangladesh navies will engage in a wide range of professional interactions including Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE), cross-deck visits, community outreach, and friendly sports fixtures aimed at further strengthening existing mutual cooperation and maritime linkages between both navies and nations.

On completion of the harbour phase, INS Ranvir will participate in a Maritime Partnership Exercise (MPX)/ PASSEX, a passing exercise with ships of the Bangladesh Navy.

“INS Ranvir is a Rajput Class Guided Missile Destroyer which has undergone an upgrade with state-of-the-art weapons and sensors, the majority being indigenous reiterating the Indian Navy’s steadfast focus on Aatmanirbharta,” the release added.

Last week, India and Bangladesh held the 7th Commissioner level Joint Group of Customs meeting in Shillong.

The meeting was held to foster cooperation, enhance efficiency and advance shared goals in customs administration in order to strengthen collective efforts in customs enforcement, trade facilitation, and border security, the Ministry of Finance said in a press release.

For the meeting, the four member Bangladesh delegation was led by Md Kamruzzaman, Commissioner, Customs, Excise & VAT Commissionerate, Jashore. Commissioner of Customs Preventive Commissionerate, NER, Shillong, led the 10-member Indian delegation at the meeting.

In a press release, the Ministry of Finance said, “Following the meeting many pending issues at ground level were resolved and many other issues were highlighted to be escalated at higher-level appropriate forums, thereby leading to the resolution of many customs and trade related issues.”

The head of Bangladesh delegation expressed gratitude to the Indian Customs for organising the meeting and making the deliberations result oriented. In a press release, MEA said, “Approved minutes were signed after both sides reached a consensus on several key issues relating to bilateral trade and customs procedures.”

Highlighting the significance of this meeting, Ministry of Finance said, “This meeting therefore marks a significant milestone in the bilateral relations between Indian & Bangladesh, emphasizing our shared commitment to enhancing trade facilitation and cooperation between both the nations.”

“Such constructive dialogue and partnership is essential to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of cross-border trade, promote economic growth and prosperity,” it added.

On June 22, the Indian Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu and the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation concerning Military Education in the field of Strategic and Operational Studies. (ANI)

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