To exchange and share views on the maritime areas of Anti-Piracy, Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, Information Sharing, amphibious warfare training and submarine rescue operations, the Royal Navy(RN) Ship HMS Daring from the UK visited Mumbai from June 11 to 14. The ship is commanded by Capt Guy Robinson and has a crew of 227 personnel.
Indian Navy (IN) officials said that during her stay, the ship’s crew interacted with various personnel of the Western Naval Command. CO Daring and Naval & Air Adviser UK called on the Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet Rear Admiral AR Karve.
The IN has traditional links with the RN and has come a long way in institutionalising the defence relationship between the two countries. Both Navies over the years have built up high levels of interoperability through conduct of Konkan Series of bi-lateral exercises.
The British press also reports that the crew of HMS Daring donated funds to finance a health programme and the purchase of a much needed water purifier for a local school during their visit.
In addition, HMS Daring served as the ‘exhibition hall’ for British firms to display their technology and wares to the Indian market at a Defence and Security Industry Day.