Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy is visiting
United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman on a bilateral visit from 26 February to 02
March 2017. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations with UAE
and Oman, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
The Naval chief will be commencing his bilateral visit from UAE on 26
February 2017, where he will hold bilateral discussions with the UAE's defense
minister Mohammed bin Ahmad Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence of UAE,
Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff, UAE Armed
Forces and Rear Admiral Ibrahim Salim Mohammed Al Musharrakh, Commander of UAE
The Admiral will be visiting the Ghantoot Naval Base, where he will be briefed on the latest Baynunah Class Corvette.
He will also visit the National Defence College of UAE, where he will interact
with the Student Officers, and also tour the training facilities at the Rashid
Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Naval College of UAE. The Admiral will also lay a wreath
at the Wahat Al Karama Memorial.
On completion of his visit to UAE, the Indian naval chief will be visiting
Oman from March 01, where he will hold bilateral discussions with Omanese
defense Minister Bader Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, as also the three Service
The Admiral will visit the Sultan Qaboos Naval Academy, the Said Bin Naval
Base, where he will also visit the Fleet Maintenance Facility and the latest
Khareef Class corvette, RNOV Al Shamikh.
The Indian Navy cooperates with both the navies of UAE and Oman on many
fronts, which include Training, Operational interactions and exchange of ‘White
Shipping Information’, through the medium of Navy-to-Navy Staff
Talks will be with both countries, as also through Joint Defence
Cooperation Committee (JDCC) with UAE and Joint Military Cooperation Committee
(JMCC) with Oman. In addition, the Indian Navy and the Royal Navy of Oman have
been conducting the bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ since 1993.
Ten editions have been held so far, the last being held off Goa in January