Indian Navy chief meets US Indo-Pacific Command head in Delhi

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India’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, left, met on Wednesday, April  27, 2022, and held discussions with Admiral John C Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command in New Delhi. Photo: Twitter @indiannavy

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar on Wednesday, April  27, 2022, held discussions with Admiral John C Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command in New Delhi.

The US Admiral was earlier accorded a formal welcome in New Delhi with a guard of honor at the South Block, the Indian Navy informed in a tweet. The two commanders discussed avenues to further enhance the existing cooperation between the two Navies.

India’s Chief of Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar, left, met on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, and held discussions with Admiral John C Aquilino, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command in New Delhi. Photo: Twitter @indiannavy

“Defence cooperation has been a critical element of Indo-US relations. Towards ensuring Free, Open and Inclusive Indo-Pacific, both the Admirals discussed avenues to further enhance the existing cooperation between two Navies through capability enhancement and cooperative engagements,” Indian Navy’s spokesperson tweeted.

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Earlier in the day, Admiral Aquilino had also called on Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh with US Naval commander Indo-Pacific Command John C. Aquilino April 27, 2022 Photo: Twitter @SpokespersonMoD/

This comes in the wake of the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue earlier this month where the US had supported India as a defense industry leader in the Indo-Pacific and a net provider of security in the region.

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