Rear Admiral David Proctor, Chief of Navy Royal New Zealand Navy Visit to India  

Rear Admiral David Proctor, Chief of Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy is on an official visit to India from 19 – 27 Feb 2024. He interacted with Admiral R Hari Kumar CNS Indian Navy at New Delhi on 20 Feb 2024. He was welcomed with the customary Guard of Honour on South Block Lawns. During the interaction, the Principals discussed avenues to strengthen bilateral maritime cooperation, including increased operational engagements, training exchanges and information sharing. Rear Admiral David Proctor is scheduled to participate in Indian Navy’s Flagship Exercise MILAN24 at Visakhapatnam and also undertake high level engagements at WNC. Maritime cooperation between IN and RNZN has witnessed significant growth since CNS visit to New Zealand in Oct 2022. The visit marked conclusion of Technical Arrangement on White Shipping Information Exchange. Further, warships from both the Navies have been making regular port calls at each other’s ports, last being port calls by INS Kolkata and INS Sahyadri at Auckland and Wellington in Sep 2023. IN ships also conducted PASSEX with RNZN and RNZAF in Tasman Sea post Departure.

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