India's chief of naval staff makes introductory visit to Singapore

SINGAPORE - Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Tuesday (May 16) met India's chiefs of staff committee chairman and chief of naval staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, who is here on a five-day introductory trip.

Admiral Lanba also called on Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Perry Lim and Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral Lai Chung Han, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) said on Tuesday.

Admiral Lanba, who is in Singapore until Thursday, attended the International Maritime Review hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) on Monday, where 28 warships from 20 countries - including Indian warships, INS Sahyadri and INS Karmorta - gathered to celebrate the RSN's Golden Jubilee.

He also attended the opening ceremonies of the International Maritime Defence Exhibition and the International Maritime Security Conference at the Changi Exhibition Centre on Tuesday.

As part of his trip, Admiral Lanba will visit RSN's Changi Command and Control Centre at Changi Naval Base, the Multinational Operations and Exercise Centre, and the Republic of Singapore Air Force's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Training School

Admiral Lanba will also address students from the Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College when he visits Safti Military Institute on Wednesday afternoon.

His visit underscores the warm and long-standing defence relations between Singapore and India, said Mindef, strengthened by the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement signed in 2015 as well as the Air Force and Army Bilateral Agreements concluded in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Both armed forces also interact regularly through high-level visits, dialogues, joint military training, courses and other professional exchanges.