Visit of UAE navy SME delegation to Indian navy facilities

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A three member UAE Navy Subject Matter Expert Delegation led by Colonel Dr Ali Saif Ali Mehrazi arrived India on 27 Aug 23 for four-day visit to specialised Meteorology, Oceanography and Weather Modelling units of Indian Navy (IN) at Kochi, Goa and New Delhi.

This visit signifies beginning of a new chapter in professional cooperation between the two Navies, with the goal of exchanging professional knowledge, expertise, training and collaboration in the fields of Meteorology, Oceanography and Weather/ Ocean modelling.

In 2003, India and the UAE signed an Agreement on Defense Cooperation. This agreement provides a framework for cooperation in areas such as:

  • Exchange of information and expertise
  • Training and education
  • Joint exercises
  • Procurement of defense equipment
  • Research and development

Here are some specific examples of India-UAE defence cooperation:

  • In 2017, the Indian Navy and the UAE Navy conducted their first ever joint naval exercise, “Naseem Al Bahr”.
  • In 2018, India and the UAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation.
  • In 2021, India and the UAE held the 11th India-UAE Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting.
  • In 2022, India and the UAE signed an agreement to jointly develop a hypersonic missile.

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