U.S. navy chief visits India

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Gilday visited India’s Western Naval Command Oct. 15 and delivered remarks to the Indian Navy.

During his speech, live-streamed to the Indian Navy, Gilday said that their economies, values and cultures are more connected to the sea than ever before.

“Providing a safe, secure and stable maritime system is an imperative to all mankind,” he said. “Though our nations’ may have different histories, cultures and geographies, as sailors we are united by the sea. Cooperation between our navies ensures that our most vital resource – seawater – is shared sustainably and responsibly.”

Gilday said the price of peace and prosperity is maintaining a vigilant watch on, under and above the sea.

“Safe and secure seas cannot be preserved without a strong maritime force,” Gilday said. “Our relationship is unwavering. The U.S. Navy is committed to maintaining a steady course of naval cooperation and growing the connections between our two navies. I am committed to that. Without a doubt, our greatest strength lies in unity.”

Additionally, during his visit to Mumbai, Gilday also met with Vice Adm. Hari Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command, where they discussed areas for mutual cooperation and reaffirmed the growing level of naval collaboration and partnership between the two nations.

This visit to Mumbai is the last stop during Gilday’s five-day visit to India.

Image credit: U.S. Navy/Cmdr. Nate Christensen.  CNO Adm. Mike Gilday delivers remarks in-person and virtually to the Indian Navy at Western Naval Command in Mumbai, Oct. 15, 2021.

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