Navy chief Lanba visits Bangladesh for multilateral naval exercise

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 09, 2018

A file photo of Navy Chief Sunil Lanba at INS Rajali in Arakkonam.   -  PTI

Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba has embarked on a two-day visit to Bangladesh to participate in an International Multilateral Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) being from November 26 to November 28 under the aegis of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS).

IONS, an initiative which was started by Indian Navy in 2008, has 23 member countries and nine observer countries. This year the chair of IONS is Bangladesh. As a result, this is its first ever operational exercise called ‘IMMSAREX’, under the IONS Charter.

The exercise will be inaugurated by Prime Minister of Bangladesh on November 27, 2017 in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh.

Indian Naval Ship - Ranvir, Sahyadri, Gharial and Sukanya - along with one Maritime Patrol Aircraft P-8I will be participating in the exercise.

In addition to the conduct of the exercise, an ‘Extraordinary Conclave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meeting of IONS is also scheduled on November 28, 2017, at Cox Bazar, which would also be attended by the Chiefs of the Navy of all member countries.

The ECoC would deliberate upon activities being undertaken by IONS in-addition to reviewing the progress made by three IONS Working Group (IWG) namely ‘HADR’, ‘Maritime Security’ & ‘Information Exchange and Interoperability’.

Apart from this, the Navy Chief will also be holding widespread consultations to boost bilateral naval ties with Bangladesh even as he will seek to explore new opportunities in naval cooperation.

Lanba will also hold bilateral discussions with Chief of the Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy on November 27, 2017, and other participating ‘Chiefs of Navy/ Head of Maritime Agencies’.

"Indian Navy regularly interacts with Bangladesh Navy through the medium of ‘Staff Talks’ and other interactions, which include operational interactions including Port Visits, Passage Exercises, Training, Shipbuilding Cooperation besides regular participation by Indian Navy serving and retired officers in Victory Day Celebrations, held in Bangladesh to commemorate ‘Liberation War’ of 1971," stated a press release issued by the Indian Navy.

The CNS during his visit to Bangladesh would also be gifting ‘War Memorabilia’ for ‘Liberation War Museum’ of Bangladesh.

Published on November 25, 2017

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