PEARL HARBOR – U.S. and Indian navy leadership met in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jan. 17-19, to discuss engagements between the two nations throughout the year.
Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer co-chaired the executive steering group with Indian Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. G. Ashok Kumar to discuss the breadth of maritime cooperation between the two navies.
"The partnership between our navies continues to grow with staff exchanges like this and engagements throughout the year," said Sawyer. "Maritime cooperation in maintenance, logistics and exercises like Malabar further our ability to work together at sea."
The executive steering group discusses everything from exercises and subject matter expert exchanges to theater security cooperation and defense procurement.
“The two militaries work together regularly via attaché’s and military service components, and these steering groups help us refine those activities,” said Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Jankola, U.S. assistant naval attaché.
“We want to get to a holistic vision of what this relationship should look like three to five years from now,” Jankola added.
According to Jankola, these types of ongoing interactions also help develop enabling agreements between the U.S. and India navies, he added.
This executive steering group also serves as the first touch point as we begin planning for Exercise Malabar.
For more information about the ongoing U.S.-India navy relationship, visit the 7th Fleet website at www.c7f.navy.mil.