Ministry of Defense VISIT BY VICE ADMIRAL MARK HAMMOND, CHIEF OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY During his official visit to India, VAdm Mark Hammond, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, interacted with Adm R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy, in New Delhi on April 24. Discussions focused on avenues to strengthen bilateral maritime cooperation, including increased operational engagements, training exchanges, information sharing, etc.

Earlier today, VAdm Mark Hammond laid a ceremonial wreath at the National War Memorial and was thereafter welcomed with the customary Guard of Honor presented by the Indian Navy at the South Block, New Delhi. During the visit from April 2–6, he is also scheduled to call on the Chief of Defense, Chief of the Air Staff, and Defense Secretary in New Delhi.

VAdm Mark Hammond is scheduled to visit the Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command (at Kochi) and Western Naval Command (at Mumbai), wherein he will interact with the respective commanders-in-chief and visit INS Vikrant, Druv Simulator, ND (Mbi), and M/s MDL.

India and Australia share a common perspective on several contemporary maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific and have been working together closely in several bilateral and multilateral forums, such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS), the ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus), and QUAD.

On the heels of the successful participation of Royal Australian Ship HMNAS Warramunga during MILAN 24 and recently conducted maritime exercises, the visit by the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy further consolidates the strong and long-lasting bilateral relations between both navies.

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