London: On a visit to UK to strengthen
military ties, Army Chief Gen V K Singh has visited the
prestigious Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and the
headquarters of a Special Air Service (SAS) unit.
"Gen Singh interacted with the Commandant of the Royal
Military Academy Major Gen P C Marriott and the training staff
of the academy.
He was given a tour of the training facilities
where he interacted with the cadets," Indian Army officials
said on Friday.
The Army Chief also visited the headquarters of an elite
SAS unit at Hereford where he was briefed on various aspects
of the British Special Forces, they added.
Aiming to enhance defence cooperation with the UK, Gen
Singh in on a four-day visit to Britain since February 14.
Upon his arrival, he was received by British Chief of
General Staff General Sir Peter Wall and later he interacted
with Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond.
Underlining the long standing defence relationship with
Britain, Gen Singh had yesterday said that the aim of the
visit is to further India`s relations in UK.
"A lot of things are happening in UK and we have come
here to find out how we can improve the relationship," he had
The last visit by a COAS to the UK was in Mar 2008.
India has sound bilateral and strategic relations
with UK that are multifaceted and have been strengthened over
the years, with regular exchange of visits at political,
diplomatic and military levels.