Official India Visit of Admiral Bernard Rogel
New Delhi and Mumbai, 13 - 18 November 2014
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- Admiral Bernard Rogel, Chief of the French Naval Staff, inspecting a Guard of Honour in New Delhi, 13 November 2014, Photo Credit: Indian Navy
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On an official trip in India from 13 to 18 November 2014, Admiral Bernard Rogel, Chief of the French Naval Staff, was received by his Indian counterpart, Admiral RK Dhowan. In Delhi, he held discussions with Mr Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Defence, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Mr RK Mathur, Defence Secretary, and Lieutenant General Philip Campose, Deputy Chief of Army Staff.
In Mumbai, Admiral Rogel was received by Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, before a guided tour of a ship of the Western fleet as well as the Mazagaon Dock Limited shipyard, where six Scorpene submarines are under construction with the assistance of the French company DCNS.
The extremely productive meetings with the highest authorities of the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Navy ranged from strengthening bilateral cooperation in naval matters and maritime security to the French Navy’s support for training the future crews of the Scorpenes. The shipyard tour showed the progress made in the construction of the submarines.
Admiral Rogel’s official visit to India was an opportunity to reaffirm the robustness of the long-standing Indo-French defence cooperation and the excellent relations between the French and Indian Navies. It helped underscore France and India’s convergent views with regard to maritime security, particularly in the Indian Ocean, as well as their shared interest in further enhancing their bilateral cooperation.