Kenneth I Juster, the US Ambassador to India accompanied by Edgard D Kagan, US Consul General at Mumbai and two members visited Headquarters, Western Naval Command on 22 Sep 18.
National Defence Bureau,
Mumbai, 22 September 2018
During the visit, the US Ambassador interacted with Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command and also visited a guided missile destroyer of the Western Fleet, INS Kochi.
India-US naval cooperation has grown substantially over the last two decades. India and US are party to a maritime security dialogue which is conducted annually. The relationship between the two navies has grown stronger and reliable over the years. Naval cooperation between the two navies is spread over a wide canvas, which inter alia includes annual bilateral exercise MALABAR, goodwill visits by ships and high level delegation visits. Both navies are committed towards ensuring maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.
US and India have come a long way in institutionalising their defence relationship. Navies of both the countries share converging views on maritime areas of concern, Anti-Piracy, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. The current visit by the US ambassador would further strengthen the existing bonds between the two navies.