VISAKHAPATNAM: US Chief of Naval Operations admniral John Richardson will arrive in Visakhapatnam to participate in the International Fleet Review 2016 (IFR-16) being hosted by the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy in Visakhapatnam from February 4 to 9. The US CNO who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday, is expected to reach Visakhapanam on February 4 and participate in the Fleet Review on February 6.
During his first visit to India, Richardson will travel to Visakhapatnam to participate in the IFR-16 which will have participation from 50 countries with visiting warships, tall-masted ships, and Heads of navies. While in Visakhapatnam, CNO will meet with Sailors from USS Antietam (CG 54), a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser, and USS McCampbell (DDG 85), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer.
In a release, the US navy has informed that the admiral met some key national security officials of the Indian government in Delhi to discuss Navy-to-Navy relations and opportunities for further technical and security cooperation. According them, his visit would help deepen maritime partnerships between the two countries. The US CNO's visit to India and interactions with Indian and other navy leaders helps to deepen relationships and expand as well as stregthen our network of partners, the release said.