Vice-Admiral Scott H. Swift, Commander of the United States Navy’s potent 7{+t}{+h}Fleet operating as part of its Pacific Fleet, concluded his two-day visit of India’s Southern Naval Command here and left for New Delhi on Wednesday. In India to co-chair the Indo-U.S. Navy Executive Steering Group, the Commander of the largest fleet of the U.S. Navy — forward-deployed in Japan and South Korea — called on Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Naval Command here Tuesday.

The visiting Vice-Admiral had a tour of the training facilities at the Southern Naval Command, the Training Command of the Indian Navy.

A spokesperson of the U.S. 7{+t}{+h}Fleet told The Hindu that Vice-Admiral Swift would be in India till April 6 to discuss a range of maritime issues and naval cooperation with senior Indian leadership. “[The] Seventh Fleet’s area of responsibility includes over 124 million square kilometres and extends from the Kuril Islands in the north to the Antarctic in the south, and from the International Date Line to the 68{+t}{+h}meridian east, which runs down from the India-Pakistan border.

At any given time, there are 60-100 ships, 200-300 aircraft and 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to Seventh Fleet,” he said. The visit gains special significance against the backdrop of mounting U.S. pressure on North Korea. A release said the visit would cement professional and social bonding between the senior leadership of the two navies.