Army Chief visits Royal Military Academy
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Last Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012, 22:06
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 said.

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.


First Published: Friday, February 17, 2012, 22:06

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