Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and the Chief of the Naval Staff vis­its USA

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Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and the Chief of the Naval Staff vis­ited USA on a bi­lat­eral visit from Mar ch 19 to 23, 2018. The visit aimed to con­sol­i­date co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Armed Forces of both In­dia and USA and also to ex­plore new av­enues of de­fence co­op­er­a­tion.

Dur­ing his visit, the Chair­man, Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee and the Chief of the Naval Staff held bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with James Mat­tis, Sec­re­tary De­fence (SECDEF) of USA, Richard V, Spencer, Sec­re­tary of the Navy (SECNAV), Gen­eral Joseph F Dun­ford Jr, Vice Chair­man Joint Chiefs of Staff (Vice Chair­man JCS), Ad­mi­ral John M. Richard­son, Chief of Naval Op­er­a­tions (CNO), Ad­mi­ral Harry Har­ris, Com­man­der, Pa­cific Com­mand (PACOM), Ad­mi­ral Scott Swift, Com­man­der, Pa­cific Fleet (PACFLT), and Vice Ad­mi­ral Thomas J Moore, Com­man­der, Naval Sea Sys­tems Com­mand (NAVSEA).

In ad­di­tion to hold­ing im­por­tant bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions, the Ad­mi­ral also vis­ited the Pa­cific Com­mand Head­quar­ters at Pearl Har­bour, Hawaii, the Naval Sur­face War­fare Cen­tre (NSWC) Dahlgren, the Pen­tagon and Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery in Wash­ing­ton DC.

In­dia and USA have tra­di­tion­ally main­tained close and friendly re­la­tions, in­clud­ing de­fence re­la­tion, wherein both coun­tries have con­cluded ma­jor agree­ments in the re­cent past. This in­cludes the De­fence Frame­work Agree­ment, signed in 2015, which lays a blue print for col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the de­fence es­tab­lish­ments of both coun­tries and the Lo­gis­tics Ex­change Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment (LEMOA) signed in 2016, which is a foun­da­tional agree­ment, fa­cil­i­tat­ing re­cip­ro­cal lo­gis­tics sup­port be­tween the Armed Forces of both coun­tries. In ad­di­tion, In­dia was ac­corded Ma­jor De­fence Part­ner sta­tus dur­ing the Prime Min­is­ter’s visit to US in June 2016.

Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba with Ad­mi­ral Scott Swift, Com­man­der, Pa­cific Fleet

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