Countries urged to work together for security at sea

Published on LEUT John Cole (author)

Location(s): Visakhapatnam

Topic(s): International Fleet Review

Australia was represented at the International Fleet Review by HMAS Darwin, in company with 75 warships from 24 countries. (photo: )
Australia was represented at the International Fleet Review by HMAS Darwin, in company with 75 warships from 24 countries.

A message of international cooperation has been a feature of the International Fleet Review in India, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling on countries to continue to work together to secure maritime stability.

India hosted the International Fleet Review at Visakhapatnam from February 4-8.

Australia was represented at the International Fleet Review by HMAS Darwin, in company with 75 warships from 24 countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, France and Japan.  Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, joined Chiefs of Navies and representatives from nearly 50 countries as dignitaries at the International Fleet Review.

Prime Minister Modi delivered a keynote address at the International Fleet Review yesterday, emphasising that a peaceful and stable maritime environment was critical for both regional and global security.

“Given the scale and complexity of modern day challenges, international maritime stability cannot be the preserve of a single nation,” he said.

“It has to be a shared goal and responsibility of all seafaring countries.”

Prime Minister Modi called on the Navies and maritime agencies of the world to work together to develop new ways of cooperation.

He said there were times when Navies must be prepared to act to secure the international sea lanes of communication.

“I believe that if oceans were to propel our economies, then we must use seas to build peace, friendship and trust, and curb conflict,” he said.

“The presence of so many foreign Navies at this Fleet Review is a confirmation of our shared urge to walk the pathways of peace and cooperation to keep the maritime domain safe and secure.”