Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet Ships on Deployment to South China
NEW DELHI. In a demonstra ti o n of its operational reach and commitment to India’s ‘Act East’ policy, the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet consisting of indigenously built guided missile stealth frigates INS Satpura and Sahyadri, a guided missile corvette INS Kirch and fleet support ship INS Shakti sailed out on May 18, under the command of Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. The two- and- half- month long operational deployment would witness the fleet’s port calls at Cam Rahn Bay ( Vietnam), Subic Bay (Philippines), Sasebo (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Vladivostok and Port Klang (Malaysia).
The visits to each port would last four days, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing interoperability between the navies. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls and professional interaction between naval personnel of the respective nations have been planned. PASSEX has also been planned at sea with the host navies. In addition to showing the Flag in this region of vital strategic importance to India, these ships would also participate in MALABAR-16, a maritime exercise with the US Navy and JMSDF. (Russia) ALWARA, PUNJAB. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju flew in the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) front line fighter aircraft Sukhoi- 30 MKI pilotted by Group Captain P Agnihotri stationed at Air Force Station, Halwara in Punjab on May 18. IAF No. 220 Squadron, which is also called Desert Tigers, did the honours.