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Indian Navy Chief pledges stronger bilateral cooperation with Nigerian Navy

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The newly appointed Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy, Admiral Karambir Singh, has expressed his readiness to strengthen the existing levels of bilateral cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Nigerian Navy (NN).

The Nigerian Navy spokesperson, Suleman Dahunbwho made this known in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, Admiral Singh in a letter to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas,  acknowledged the work done by his predecessors which acctk him has helped to establish strong bonds of friendship between the two navies as well as maritime partnership between Nigeria and India.

While acknowledging that much has been achieved in the relationship between the two navies, Admiral Singh pledged to explore new avenues for closer ties between the two navies.

He affirmed that the Indian Navy greatly values the relationship with the NN and pledged that the Indian Navy will continue to work closely with the NN in the collective pursuit of maritime security.

Admiral Karambir Singh assumed command of the Indian Navy on May 31, 2019 as the 24th Chief of the Naval Staff. Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, he earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1981 and has flown extensively in the Chetak (Alouette) and Kamov helicopters. He is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these institutions.

In his career spanning over 39 years, he has commanded Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg, as well as two guided missile destroyers, INS Rana and INS Delhi. He has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. Ashore, he has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai.    

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