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India to train cadets from Vietnam, Myanmar

Southern command, which heads Indian navy's training aspect, has 27 establishments under it.

india Updated: May 27, 2006 13:12 IST

India would soon extend naval training to cadets and officers from Columbia, Vietnam and Myanmar, Vice Admiral Satish Chandra Suresh Bangara, flag officer commanding-in-chief, southern naval command said.

Speaking to reporters after reviewing the passing out parade at INS Mandovi, Bangara, who heads Indian Naval training, said at present personnel from 20 countries undertake training from Indian Navy on various aspects of Maritime Defence.

"Majority of these countries are from south east Asia and right now 84 officers and 180 sailors are being trained in different Indian naval academies," Bangara said.

Southern command, which heads Indian navy's training aspect, has 27 establishments under it.

"From logistic to M.Tech we provide training in various fields", he said.

Besides the training, Indian Navy executes exchange programmes with countries like the US, UK, France, Germany among others, Bangara added.

When asked as to what makes India favourite for naval training, Bangara said "India's huge training infrastructure is second to none. We manage our funds very well so that despite limited budgetory allocation, we provide best of training... We plan to manage", Bangara said replying to another question.

First Published: May 27, 2006 13:12 IST