Mumbai: The prime minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, went on board India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, in Mumbai, on Thursday. The Australian prime minister is currently on a visit to India.
The Indian Navy chief, Admiral Radhakrishnan Hari Kumar received Albanese on board the carrier, where the Australian leader was accorded a guard of honour by INS Vikrant’s sailors.
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While addressing the media on INS Vikrant, Albanese thanked the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, for inviting him to visit the indigenous aircraft carrier, which he termed as a landmark capability.
The Australian prime minister also announced that the next edition of the multilateral naval exercise “Malabar” would be hosted by Australia later this year.
It may be noted that Albanese was with Modi at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad earlier in the day for some time to witness play in the opening day of the last cricket Test match between India and Australia in this year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.