Eastern fleet of Indian navy in Indonesia to strengthen ties

The presence of the frontline warships comes soon after both countries elevated their bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership during Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia this year.

Published: 23rd June 2018 10:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2018 10:25 PM   |  A+A-

Visitors stand beside Indian Navy ships (L) INS Shakti (A57), a versatile fleet tanker, INS Ranvijay (D55), a modified Kashin class destroyer, and INS Saptura, a P-17 Class stealth frigate as they arrive at Berth 15, South Harbour. (PTI)

By PTI

VISAKHAPATNAM: The eastern fleet of the Indian Navy - INS Shakti and INS Kamorta - under the command of Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi entered the Port of Makassar, Indonesia, today.

The three-day visit is to foster professional interaction, sports fixtures and social interactions with the Indonesian navy, a release from the Indian navy said here.

The ships would be open to visitors. The visit aims to further strengthen the strong bond and mutual understanding betweenthe two navies, according to the release.

The presence of the frontline warships comes soon after both countries elevated their bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership during the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Indonesia onMay29, the release said.

Also, the trip seeks to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies for security and stability in the region and further bolster strong bonds of friendship India has with Indonesia, it said.

INS Shakti, a fleet tanker, commanded by captain SA Joglekar and indigenously-built stealthCorvette INS Kamorta, commanded by commander Saiket Chatterjee, are on the last leg of their two-month operational deployment to Southeast Asia andthe western Pacific Ocean, it said.

The deployment included the participation in MALABAR-18, a trilateral exercise between the Indian navy, US navyand the Japanese maritime self-defence force (JMSDF) which was held off Guam, an island territory of the US, in the Pacific Ocean, the release said.

The two ships, along with INS Sahyadri, had left Visakhapatnam for the deployment on April 30 this year and over the last two months visited Singapore, Sattahip (Thailand), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) DA Nang (Vietnam) and Guam (USA).

On completion of the MALABAR exercise, INS Sahyadri had proceeded to Hawaii to participate in RIMPAC exercise involving participationof 26 navies, the release added.

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