On a five-day visit to India, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert will discuss a range of issues with his counterparts to strengthen joint training and mutual cooperation between the two navies and meet the top brass of the Defence Ministry here.
“Admiral Greenert will be visiting some of the important Naval offices in the country and will interact with the top officials of the Indian Navy. Today he will call on Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma,” Navy officials said here. He will also meet the three Service chiefs.
The visit by the top United States officer is taking place a week after the navies of India and the U.S. concluded their 10-day long Malabar-series exercise in the Bay of Bengal.
After interacting with the top brass here, Admiral Greenert will visit the Western Naval Command at Mumbai and meet its Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral D.K. Joshi and Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Girish Luthra.
“In Mumbai, he will also go to the Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL) and from there he will proceed to Goa where he will visit INS Hansa Naval base and will meet Flag Officer Naval Aviation (FONA) Rear Admiral Sudhir Pillai,” they said.
From Goa, Admiral Greenert will go to Karvar, which is a major hub of the navy’s training activities and will meet the Flag Officer Karvar Area Rear Admiral Atul Jain.
The visit will culminate at Cochin where the Admiral will interact with Southern Naval Commander Vice Admiral K.N. Sushil.
“During the visit, Admiral Greenert will discuss a range of issues such as ways to strengthen joint training and mutual cooperation between the navies of U.S. and India,” the officials said.