Vice Admiral Karambir Singh. (File Photo: IANS). Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, Feb 17 : To strengthen relation between India and Myanmar, Indian Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh is on four-day trip to Naypyitaw and other parts of the neighbouring country to bolster the bilateral maritime relationship.

"He is visiting Myanmar from February 17 to February 20. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Myanmar," said a senior Indian Navy officer.

During his visit, Admiral Karambir Singh will hold bilateral discussions with Admiral Tin Aung San, Commander-in-Chief Myanmar Navy and also call on Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Commander-in-Chief Defence Services, and other senior government officials.

He will also interact with the trainees of the National Defence College in Naypyitaw, and will visit the Naval Dockyard and Training Command of the Myanmar Navy in Yangon.

Myanmar Navy is a member of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium and participates in the activities conducted under the symposium.

"Indian Navy regularly interacts with Myanmar Navy through the medium of staff talks, joint working group meeting on Maritime Cooperation and other operational interactions which include Port visits, Coordinated Patrols, Bilateral Exercises, Training, and Hydrography," the officer said.

In addition, both the Navies also interact during maritime activities such as Admiral's Cup, Goa Maritime Conclave and Exercise Milan.

In October, both the countries held a joint naval exercise at Visakhapatnam.

The joint exercise encompassed a variety of operations including anti-air and surface firing exercises, flying exercises using integral helicopter and seamanship evolutions at sea.

The joint exercises increased scope and complexity and is a testimony of growing maritime cooperation between the two navies.

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