Navy chief’s visit to New Zealand sets in motion ‘growth trajectory’ for maritime engagements
Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar paid a three-day visit to New Zealand during which the two sides signed an agreement on sharing information on white shipping.
The Indian Navy said on Sunday that Admiral Kumar’s visit to New Zealand from September 29 to October 1 set in motion a “promising growth trajectory” for deeper bilateral maritime engagements.
The Navy Chief held detailed deliberations with Rear Admiral David Proctor, Head of the Royal New Zealand Navy, and the discussions covered a wide range of maritime cooperation opportunities. The Indian Navy said both sides had shown enthusiasm to expand the scale and scope of bilateral engagements in the coming years.
“In a landmark development, an agreement on the exchange of white navigation information was signed during this visit,” he said in a statement. “Closer collaboration to improve shared maritime domain awareness is consistent with the two countries’ converging views on promoting greater transparency in the maritime domain,” he added.
The agreement will facilitate the exchange of information on the movement of merchant ships. “The visit to New Zealand further cemented the shared engagements of the two navies and set in motion a promising growth trajectory for deeper bilateral maritime engagements,” the Navy said.
Admiral Kumar also enjoyed a comprehensive tour of the New Zealand Maritime Museum which showcases the country’s rich maritime heritage. “The Chief of Naval Staff, accompanied by Bhav Dhillon, Honorary Consul of India in Auckland, also took the opportunity to meet with Indian veterans and community leaders in Auckland,” the Navy said. .
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