Chief of the Naval Staff Bangladesh on a four-day visit to In­dia


Vice Ad­mi­ral Muham­mad Farid Habib, Chief of the Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy, is on a four-day of­fi­cial visit to In­dia from Novem­ber 2-6, 2015, to re­view the ex­ist­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both navies and ex­plore fu­ture av­enues. The Bangladesh Navy Chief was for­mally re­ceived by Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, and ac­corded a cer­e­mo­nial Guard of Hon­our at South Block lawns ear­lier in the day. Both the Chiefs had dis­cus­sions on var­i­ous is­sues dur­ing the day. The vis­it­ing dig­ni­tary had in­ter­ac­tions with DG Coast Guard and se­nior of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of De­fence (MoD) there­after. The BN Chief of Naval Staff is also sched­uled to visit HQWNC (Mum­bai) and Gar­den Reach Ship­yard at Kolkata.

In­dia-Bangladesh re­la­tions are based on his­tor­i­cal legacy, cul­ture and geography. In­dia was the first coun­try to recog­nise Bangladesh as a sep­a­rate and in­de­pen­dent state. In­dia and Bangladesh’s ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion presents an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop mu­tual economies as well as en­hance mar­itime se­cu­rity. In the last four-and-a-half decades, both na­tions have built a com­pre­hen­sive frame­work to pro­mote bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion. The sign­ing of ‘Land Bound­ary Agree­ment’ dur­ing the re­cent visit of Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia to Bangladesh as well as ac­cep­tance of mar­itime bound­ary de­lim­i­ta­tion de­ci­sion by ar­bi­tra­tion tri­bunal in­di­cates ma­tu­rity of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween both na­tions.

The co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both navies span a wide spec­trum of mar­itime ac­tiv­i­ties that in­cludes BN’s reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pa­tion in mul­ti­lat­eral naval ex­er­cise MILAN con­ducted by the In­dian Navy at Port Blair, navy-to-navy staff talks, co­op­er­a­tion in train­ing as well as port calls by ships to each other’s ports. Reg­u­lar ex­change of naval ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als rang­ing from young cadets to high-level of­fi­cials pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence and best prac­tices.

Bangladesh Navy has been an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in In­dia ini­ti­ated mar­itime con­struct In­dian Ocean Naval Sym­po­sium (IONS) and is sched­uled to take over as Chair­man of IONS from 2016-18. Bangladesh Navy is also plan­ning to send a ship as well as high­level del­e­ga­tion dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view in Fe­bru­ary 16 at Visakha­p­at­nam.

The visit by Vice Ad­mi­ral Habib is aimed at con­sol­i­dat­ing ex­ist­ing naval co­op­er­a­tion as well as ex­plor­ing new av­enues. Ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion that are pro­posed to be dis­cussed dur­ing the visit of BN Chief of Naval Staff in­clude, op­tion of co­or­di­nated pa­trolling along in­ter­na­tional mar­itime bound­ary line (IMBL), bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises be­tween both navies, joint sur­veil­lance of ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone, co­op­er­a­tion in hy­drog­ra­phy, ex­change of white ship­ping in­for­ma­tion, mea­sures to aug­ment mar­itime se­cu­rity in the Bay of Ben­gal, co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion in ship­build­ing as well as co­op­er­a­tion in de­vel­op­ment of blue econ­omy.

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