The Commanding Officer of the visiting Indian Naval Warship, INS Tarkash, Capt. Sathis Vasudev, on Thursday said that the officers were in Nigeria to learn from their Nigerian counterparts.
Speaking in Lagos shortly after the ship berthed, Vasudev said, “We are here to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Indian and Nigerian diplomatic ties. Let me say that India established ties with Nigeria even two years before Nigeria got Independence.
“We understand that there are issues of piracy. And the Nigerian Navy is doing an excellent job in its fight against piracy.
“As part of our visit, we will like to learn from the Nigerian Navy how best to tackle issues of piracy, especially in the Gulf of Eden. It will be an honour for us to get some inputs from the Nigerian Navy,” he said.
He said that over the years there had been training exchanges between the Nigerian and Indian Navy in different areas, adding that the exchanges would continue in the years ahead.
Vasudev said that it was in promoting defence cooperation with Nigeria that made the Indian government to support the establishment of the Nigerian Defence Academy.
He also said that his home government had over the past years continued to invite members of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce for different training programmes in India.
Vasudev said that the warship had visited Djibouti, Egypt, Morocco, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Norway, Spain and Senegal before getting to Lagos.