Thai and Indian Navy chiefs discuss issues of mutual cooperation in maritime domain

Thai and Indian Navy chiefs discuss issues of mutual cooperation in maritime domain

New Delhi, Apr 1: Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, Admiral Adoong Pan-Lam and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R Hari Kumar on Monday held discussion which was centred around issues of mutual cooperation in the maritime domain, training exchange programmes and information sharing.

Admiral Adoong Pan-Iam, who is on a three-day visit to India, is scheduled to meet officials of the Indian Defence Industries and the Department of Defence Production here, an official statement said.

Following this, an interactive session with Indian Navy Officials from the Warship Design Bureau is also planned to explore current trends in ship building and identify future opportunities, including scope of ship maintenance and repairs in India.

He is also scheduled to call on Chief of the Defence Staff, Chief of the Air Staff, Defence Secretary, and the National Maritime Security Co-ordinator.

Earlier in the day, Adm Adoong Pan-Iam laid a ceremonial wreath at the National War Memorial and was thereafter welcomed with the customary Guard of Honour presented by the Indian Navy.

Both navies have been conducting regular coordinated patrols on biannual basis since 2005, and the maiden IN-RTN Bilateral Exercise, viz., Ex- Ayutthaya was held in December 23 last year.

More recently, one Royal Thai Navy Ship HTMS Prachup Kheri Khan participated in MILAN 24 held in February 2024 in Visakhapatnam.

Both navies are also active member of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). Visit of the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy to India is a testimony of strong bilateral relations and lasting friendship between both navies, the statement added.


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