Admiral Sergel Gorshkov, the Soviet Union's top naval officer, flew into New Delhi on Monday (April 3) to begin a 10-day visit to India.
GV Admiral out of aircraft & greeted by Soviet ambassador & Nanda
SCU Admiral Gorshkov
STV Gorshkov & Nanda shake hands
LV Naval guard of honour
SV & LV Gorshkov inspecting
SCU Gorshkov enters car
LV PAN Car away
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Background: Admiral Sergel Gorshkov, the Soviet Union's top naval officer, flew into New Delhi on Monday (April 3) to begin a 10-day visit to India.
During his stay, Admiral Gorshkov will call at the key Indian naval base of Viskhapatnam, a high security area restricted for most foreigners.
The visit to Indian by the Soviet Navy's Commander-in-Chief, who also holds the rank of Deputy Defence Minister, follows last year's signing of the Ino-Soviet Union and comes at a time of increased Soviet naval presence in the Indian Ocean.
SYNOPSIS: The scene at Delhi airport on Monday as Admiral Sergel Gorshkov, Commander-in Chief of the Soviet Navy, arrived for a 10-day visit. He was met on his arrival by the Soviet Ambassador to New Delhi and by Admiral S.M. Nanda, the Indian Navy Chief.
Admiral Gorshkov, who also holds the rank of Soviet Deputy Defence Minister, will later call at the key Indian Naval base of Viskhapatnam, a high security area usually off limits to most foreign visitors.
During his stay, the Soviet Naval Commander will hold talks with India's Defence Minister, Jagjivan Ram, and other Indian defence and military officials. The Admiral's arrival continues the pattern of increasing visits to India by Soviet dignitaries since last year's singing of the Indo-Soviet Treaty.
Admiral Gorshkov has played an important role in the build-up of Soviet naval power on the High Seas, including the Indian Ocean, where Soviet warships have become an increasingly common sight i recent months.