Admiral Vladimir Korolev, Commander-in-Chief, Russian Federation Navy along
with a four member Russian Navy delegation is on an official visit to India
from March 15 to 18. The visit aims to consolidate bilateral naval relations
between India and Russia, as also to explore new avenues for naval cooperation.
The high level visit by the Russian naval chief assumes significance in
view of the increased defense cooperation India has forged with United States
and Japan to contain Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean area. Russia and
China are strategic allies.
During his visit, the Commander-in-Chief of Russian Navy held bilateral
discussions with Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and other senior
officials of the Indian Navy. The Admiral is also scheduled to meet the
Minister of Defence, the Chief of the Air Staff, the Chief of the Army Staff
and the Defence Secretary as part of his official engagements in New Delhi.
India is the largest importer of defence equipment from Russia and majority
of the armament inventory in Indian Armed Forces is of Soviet/ Russian origin.
The Indian Navy cooperates with the Russian Federation Navy on many fronts,
which include operational interactions, training, hydrographic cooperation,
information technology and exchange of Subject Matter Experts in various fields
through the medium of Navy-to-Navy Staff Talks.
In addition, the Indian Navy and the Russian Federation Navy have been
conducting the bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘INDRA NAVY’, since 2003. Eight
editions have been held so far, the last being held off Visakhapatnam in
In addition to New Delhi, the Admiral is also scheduled to proceed to
Mumbai where he will hold discussions with the Commander-in-Chief, Western
Naval Command as well as visit an indigenously built destroyer INS Mysore,
Naval Dockyard and M/s Mazagon Dock and Shipbuilders Limited.