Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations United States Navy visit to India

May 13, 2019 Photo(s): By PRO (Navy)
Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS receiving Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy at South Block lawns

Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy, is on an official tour to India from 12 to 14 May 2019. His visit is intended to consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and USA and also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.

Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy reviews the ceremonial Guard of Honour

Admiral John M Richardson had discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Naval Staff today. He also interacted with Defence Secretary, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, Chief of the Air Staff, Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman COSC and the National Security Council Secretariat.

Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy being accorded the ceremonial Guard of Honour

Indian Navy and US Navy interact regularly at bilateral and multilateral forums and participate in maritime exercises such as MALABAR and RIMPAC. Regular Subject Matter Expert exchange also takes place between both the navies to institutionalise interoperability in various fields. After being accorded Major Defence Partner status by USA in 2016, India US ties have grown significantly in recent years. The inaugural Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue conducted in September 2018 also facilitated new avenues for defence cooperation between the two countries.

Admiral Sunil Lanba CNS and Admiral John Michael Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations, US Navy exchanging mementos at NHQ, South Block

Major issues discussed during the visit included operations and exercises, training interactions, information exchange, capacity building and capability enhancement.