New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) Tanzanian Navy chif, Rear Admiral R.S. Laswai is on an official visit to India to “consolidate bilateral naval relations between India and Tanzania and to explore new avenues for naval cooperation”, an official statement said on Monday.
“We have been working together with Tanzanian Navy for capacity building. We have assisted them in training and we look forward to taking this relationship forward by coming forth with whatever assistance and help the Tanzanian Navy needs,” it quoted Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba as saying.
Laswai meanwhile said both Navies had common challenges.
“So since we have common challenges, we need to chart common policy, cooperation and strategy for one vision and one destiny,” he told reporters after he and Lanba inspected a Guard of Honour at the lawns of South Block.
Laswai will hold bilateral discussions with Lanba, and other senior officials of the Indian Navy and is also scheduled to call on Defence Secretary G. Mohan Kumar.
The Indian and the Tanzanian Navies cooperate with each other in training, hydrography as well as interact at multilateral forums like IONS and MILAN.
Indian Naval ships visit Dar Es Salaam regularly to build “bridges of friendship’, with INS Trikand scheduled to visit the Tanzanian capital in early September.
“Hydrographic cooperation between the two maritime nations has increased post signing of a MoU on Hydrography in June 2015. High level exchanges are regularly undertaken between both navies,” said the Indian Navy statement.
“The maritime relations between the two countries received particular emphasis during the visit of Prime Mininster Narendra Modi to Tanzania in July 2016 and the visit of Rear Admiral R S Laswai, Commander Tanzanian Navy to India therefore assumes significance.”
The Admiral will also visit Goa Shipyard Ltd and Naval Institute of Hydrography at Goa besides Headquarters, Southern Naval Command at Kochi, where Tanzanian Navy personnel undergo training. He would also visit various training facilities at Kochi including visit to Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala.
Laswai will be in India till September 1.