First Sea Lord in visit to India

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THE head of the Royal Navy is visiting India this week to discuss security and terrorism in south Asia and piracy in the Indian Ocean.

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope is in India where he will meet the country’s defence minister and the three services chiefs to discuss aspects of Anglo-Indian defence relations and the UK’s security policy, including maritime co-operation.

He will also deliver a lecture on ‘Indian Ocean and Maritime Security’ at the National Maritime Foundation, a think-tank under the auspices of the Indian Navy.

The Royal Navy chief’s visit is Britain’s first top-level defence trip to India this year.

It comes six months after Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit in July last year when both countries expressed their desire to expand their defence and security relationship.