New Delhi: The UK has formally joined the Indian Navy’s Data Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Area (IFC-IOR) based mostly in Gurugram & deputed its officer for it. The Data Fusion Centre retains a watch on the Indian Ocean with a key concentrate on the early mobilization of assets in case of any disaster.
UK’s Lieutenant Commander Stephen Smith shall be deputed full time on the centre and the event is a part of the 2030 roadmap introduced by Indian and British PMs after the Might digital summit. UK is the fifth nation to ship its officer, after US, Japan, France and Australia.
“Coming as a pure outgrowth of the sturdy partnership between the Royal Navy and Indian Navy, it is a vital step up in our shared maritime area consciousness effort, and boldly underlines UK and Indian needs to work collectively within the Indian Ocean Area and wider Indo-Pacific”, stated Admiral Tony Radakin KCB ADC, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Employees.
IFC-IOR was inaugurated in 2018, with a concentrate on India and like-minded international locations sharing real-time developments within the maritime area. It has been additionally acknowledged by the UN’s Worldwide Maritime Group. The event comes even because the UK has introduced its “Indo Pacific tilt”.
“The UK has dedicated to turning into the European nation with the broadest, most built-in presence within the Indo-Pacific in assist of commerce, shared safety and values. I’m delighted that we’ve taken one other tangible step to reinforce our joint functionality to deal with shared challenges”, defined Jan Thompson, Performing British Excessive Commissioner to India.
UK formally confirmed accepting India’s provide to position a liaison officer within the IFC-IOR in 2019. Lieutenant Commander Stephen Smith shall be posted in India for two years.
Gavin Thompson, Defence Adviser on the British Excessive Fee highlighted, “The UK and Indian armed forces already get pleasure from excessive ranges of interoperability, which shall be on full show in the course of the upcoming go to of the UK’s Service Strike Group, led by one in every of our largest plane carriers – HMS Queen Elizabeth. The appointment of the UK Liaison Officer types a part of our enhanced maritime partnership to bolster safety within the Indian Ocean.”
UK already has a presence within the Western Indian Ocean Area. It has 7 everlasting bases in Kenya, Singapore, Brunei, Nepal, Bahrain, Oman, and British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), and seven ships deployed at anyone time to offer safety within the Western area of the Indo-Pacific.