Bridges of Friendship – Vietnam People’s Navy Officer and Cadets Visit Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala
A delegation from Vietnam People’s Navy comprising one officer and three cadets visited Indian Naval Academy (INA) from 24 to 28 January 2019. During the visit, they interacted with staff and trainees and were acquainted with the infrastructure, academic facilities and training processes at INA.
The aim of the visit was to reinforce the bridges of friendship between the two navies, exchange best practices and to consolidate and enhance bilateral defence relations between India and Vietnam. Naval cooperation between India and Vietnam has been traditionally strong, encompassing a wide span of activities that includes operational interactions through coordinated patrols, training, port calls, passage exercises, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations etc.
The visiting Vietnam People’s Navy cadets were given opportunities to not only understand the functionality of INA, but to form bonds of friendship with the cadets of INA. Towards this end, they were accommodated in the cadet’s squadron and dined together with the cadets at cadets mess. They were also exposed to facets of Indian culture through visits to places of historical and cultural interest in and around Payyanur, Bekal Fort, Parassani Kadavu, St. Angelo’s Fort etc. They attended the Republic Day celebrations at INA on 26 January 2019 and also witnessed the fiercely contested INA cross country championship on 27 January 2019.
The delegation visited various training facilities, sports infrastructure, and called on Deputy Commandant, INA. The delegation departed INA on AM 28 January 2019.