Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) of the US Navy Admiral Michael Gilday arrived in Visakhapatnam, India on October 12, for a three-day official visit where Gilday held talks with Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC.
The two discussed various issues of common interest in the navies of the the two countries. Adm Michael Gilday was later given a guided tour of facilities at Naval Dockyard, according to reports. The US embassy stated that Admiral Gilday is visiting India “to reaffirm the growing level of naval cooperation between the two nations.”
“India is one of our closest strategic partners, and our relationship is a stronghold of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Gilday in a US embassy release. “This visit is a great opportunity for me to meet with my counterpart in India and discuss areas for continued mutual cooperation. No doubt, there are many areas where we can partner and collaborate.”
Admiral Gilday is on a visit to “fulfill the US Navy’s desire to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific than operating in the region.” “I am grateful for our navies’ continued cooperation in the Indo-Pacific to create an inclusive, free and open rules-based order,” said Gilday.
“And by continuing to work closely with the Indian Navy, we will increase our interoperability for decades to come as well as maintain security, stability, and prosperity,” he added.