Visit of CNS Admiral R Hari Kumar to Australia
The Indian Navy’s Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral R Hari Kumar visited Australia from 26-28 September. It was his first official visit to Australia after taking up his post at the CNS.
During the visit he held meetings with the Chief of Navy, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Vice Admiral Mark Hammond, Deputy Chief Australian Defense Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, Secretary to Defense, Greg Moriarty, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force. (RAAF), Air Marshal Robert Chipman and Deputy Chief of Joint Operations, Air Vice Marshal Mike Kitcher. During these meetings, the leaders expressed their commitment to continue collaborative activities in several areas of bilateral convergence.
Admiral R Hari Kumar visited RAN facilities at HMAS penguin and hydrographic school. The CNS, accompanied by India’s Ambassador to Australia, Manpreet Vohra and the Chief of Navy, RAN, interacted with prominent members of Australian think tanks to understand and develop new opportunities for maritime cooperation. The discussions also highlighted the need to raise the level of synergy and concentrate efforts to overcome the challenges of the maritime environment.
India and Australia share common views on several contemporary maritime security issues in the Indo-Pacific and have worked closely together in several bilateral and multilateral forums such as the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), and the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS).
Following the successful participation of Indian Naval Ship Satpura and an Indian Navy P8I maritime patrol aircraft as part of the recently concluded multilateral exercise KAKADUHosted by RAN in Darwin, the CNS visit further cemented the strong and long-standing bilateral relationship between the two countries.