The Indian Navy has responded positively to a visiting Myanmar Navy
delegation’s request for training facilities, asking the neighbouring country
to send a formal proposal.
The request was made by visiting Myanmar Navy (MN) delegation, comprising
three officers -- Lt Cdr ThureinTun, Lt Cdr Kyaw Zeya Oo and Lt Ye WintTun.
They are on a four-day official visit to Kochi from February 26 to March 2.
The visit is primarily aimed at familiarising the MN officers on Indian
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) operational/ training facilities and
exploring avenues for defence cooperation in the field.
The delegation called on Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command, Rear
Admiral RJ Nadkarni, who assured them all assistance in terms of training and
setting up of meteorological facilities for the Myanmar Navy, a navy release
He requested the Mynmar delegation to send a proposal to the Southern Naval
Command to take up the same with higher authorities,” it said.
The officers visited the Indian Naval Meteorological and Analysis Centre,
as well as the School of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology, to get an
understanding of the meteorological forecasting capabilities, as well as the
training imparted on Oceanology and Meteorology by the Indian Navy.
They also visited other training/simulator facilities at Kochi, including
Flight and Tactical Simulator, Water Survival Training Facility and other
training schools, as well as Hydro graphic Survey Unit.
Towards fostering close relations with Myanmar, the Indian Navy has
strengthened defence cooperation with the Myanmar Navy by providing assistance,
especially in the fields of training, weapon/ equipment sales and hydro graphic
assistance, the release said.
Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, had visited Mynmar in November last year.
India is concerned about the activities of the Chinese navy along the coco
islands near Mynmar.