Chief of The Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, vis­its Bangladesh


Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, In­dian Navy vis­ited Bangladesh on an in­vi­ta­tion of Bangladesh for par­tic­i­pa­tion in In­ter­na­tional Mul­ti­lat­eral Mar­itime Search and Rescue Ex­er­cise (IMMSAREX) held at Bangladesh from Novem­ber 26 to 28, 2017 un­der the aegis of In­dian Ocean Naval Sym­po­sium (IONS).

IONS, an ini­tia­tive which was started by In­dian Navy in 2008, has grown into a for­mi­da­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion with 23 ‘Mem­ber’ na­tions and ‘Nine’ ob­server coun­tries. Con­tin­u­ing with the active en­gage­ment within IONS, Bangladesh, the cur­rent ‘Chair’ of IONS is con­duct­ing the first ever op­er­a­tional ex­er­cise called ‘IMMSAREX’, un­der the IONS Char­ter. The ex­er­cise was in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter of Bangladesh on Novem­ber 27, 2017, in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh. In­dian Naval Ships Ran­vir, Sahyadri, Ghar­ial and Sukanya along with one Mar­itime Pa­trol Air­craft P-8I par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­er­cise. In-ad­di­tion to the con­duct of the ex­er­cise, an ‘Ex­traor­di­nary Con­clave of Chiefs (ECoC)’ meet­ing of IONS also was sched­uled on Novem­ber 28, 2017, at Cox Bazar, which was at­tended by the Chiefs of the Navy. The ECoC de­lib­er­ated 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’.

The visit also aimed at con­sol­i­dat­ing bi­lat­eral naval re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Bangladesh and to ex­plore new av­enues for naval co­op­er­a­tion. Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba also held bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with Chief of the Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy 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.

The CNS dur­ing his visit to Bangladesh gifted ‘War Mem­o­ra­bilia’ for ‘Lib­er­a­tion War Mu­seum’ of Bangladesh.

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