On February 26, Vice Admiral Katsutoshi Kwano, chief of staff, Japan Maritime Self Defence Force accompanied by his spouse and high level delegation visited Mumbai.
During the visit,¬†Kwano¬†interacted with the Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, the flag officer commanding-in-chief and other senior officers ofthe Western Naval Command.
“Indo-Japanese Naval cooperation¬†and goodwill has grown substantially over the last two decades and both the navies share common maritime perspective. JMSDF and¬†Indian Naval Shipsundertake coordinate anti-piracy operations in¬†Gulf of Aden. Both navies have over the years built up high levels of interoperability,” said Chief PRO (Defence) N Vispute.
Vispute said that the first India-Japan maritime affairs security dialogue was held in New Delhi on January 29, 2013. Representatives of both the countries participated with their focus on maritime security including non-traditional threats and cooperation at various multilateral forums.
The current visit of COSJMSDF is one of the steps towards strengthening bi-lateral cooperation between the two Navies.