US Naval Operations Chief Admiral Mike Gilday Begins 5-Day Visit to India | Latest India News

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United States Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael M Gilday will arrive in India on Monday for a five-day visit to reaffirm the growing level of naval cooperation between the two countries. The visit will end on October 15, during which Gilday is scheduled to meet with the Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Karambir Singh, and other officials.

“This visit is a great opportunity for me to meet my counterpart in India and discuss areas for continued mutual cooperation. There are undoubtedly many areas where we can collaborate and collaborate,” Gilday said on Friday during the announcement of the visit.

In a statement, Gilday also described India as “one of the closest strategic partners” and said the relationship between New Delhi and Washington “is the bastion of a free and open Indo-Pacific”. “I am grateful for the continued cooperation of our navies in the Indo-Pacific to create an inclusive, free and open rules-based order,” the senior official also said, adding: “And continuing to work closely together with the Indian Navy, we will increase our interoperability for decades to come and maintain security, stability and prosperity. “

The visit coincides with the second phase of Exercise Malabar, which is scheduled to start from Tuesday. The mega wargame in the Bay of Bengal will continue until October 15 and feature the navies of the four Quad countries – India, the United States, Australia and Japan.

According to Indian Navy officials, the second phase of Exercise Malabar will feature a number of complex exercises involving multiple frontline warships and other assets from the four navies.

(With contributions from the agency)

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