In­dian Navy’s East­ern Fleet Ships on De­ploy­ment to South China

India Strategic - - TALKING POINTS -

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.

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