In accordance with Indian Navy's Foreign Corporation initiatives, 20 Service Attaches' from friendly foreign countries (FSA) visited Naval base, Kochi and Indian Naval Academy (INA) Ezhimala at Payannur from August 21- 23, 2017. The purpose of the visit was to understand Indian Navy's training Philosophy and Capabilities. The visit included a Training presentation and visit to professional training schools of the Navy at Kochi and one-day visit to INA.
On August 21, 2017, the Dean of FSAs accompanied by two FSAs called on Vice Admiral AR Karve AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Naval Command (SNC). During the visit, the delegation had official interaction with the training faculties of Southern Naval Command and Indian Naval Academy. The delegates also visited places of interest at Kochi and Ezhimala including the harbour familiarisation in Kochi.
Over the last few years, defence diplomacy has seen ascendancy as a subset of India's Foreign Policy with the Indian Navy emerging at the helm of the maritime component of the same. The Indian Navy's Foreign Corporation initiatives are anchored on four pillars of capacity building, capability enhancement, constructive engagements and collective efforts.