Visit of INS Sahyadri at Manila, Philip­pines


In­dian Naval Ship Sahyadri cur­rently on op­er­a­tional de­ploy­ment to South China Sea and North West Pa­cific re­gion in pur­suance of In­dia’s ‘Act East’ pol­icy was in the Manila re­cently for ex­ten­sive in­ter­ac­tions with the Philip­pine Navy.

Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and the Philip­pines, based on shared val­ues of anti-colo­nial­ism, strong demo­cratic polity and South-South Co­op­er­a­tion have been grow­ing sig­nif­i­cantly in the re­cent past, spurred by both eco­nomic as well as se­cu­rity en­gage­ments. Reg­u­lar for­eign pol­icy con­sul­ta­tions and se­cu­rity di­a­logue meet­ings have pro­vided im­pe­tus to the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.

The visit of INS Sahyadri is aimed at strength­en­ing bi­lat­eral ties and en­hanc­ing in­ter­op­er­abil­ity be­tween navies of the two coun­tries. INS Sahyadri is an in­dige­nously built war­ship of the Shiva­lik class. In­ducted into the In­dian Navy on July 21, 2012, the multi-role stealth fri­gate boasts of an im­pres­sive ar­ray of weaponry in her arse­nal. Long-range an­ti­ship mis­siles, medium- and short-range sur­face-toair mis­siles aug­mented by pow­er­ful guns of dif­fer­ent cal­i­bres pro­vide a for­mi­da­ble shield against all types of sur­face and air threats. The ca­pa­bil­ity to carry two in­te­gral multi-role he­li­copters sig­nif­i­cantly en­hances the po­tency of this ship. INS Sahyadri is presently be­ing com­manded by Cap­tain Ku­nal Singh Ra­jku­mar.

Dur­ing the stay in har­bour, var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two navies. Th­ese in­cluded of­fi­cial calls on lo­cal naval and civil­ian dig­ni­taries, re­cep­tion on board INS Sahyadri, vis­its to the ship by the lo­cal pop­u­lace, guided tours for In­dian Naval per­son­nel and pro­fes­sional in­ter­ac­tion be­tween per­son­nel of both the navies.

The ship ex­er­cised with Philip­pine Navy ships for im­prov­ing in­ter­op­er­abil­ity in com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as search and res­cue (SAR) pro­ce­dures.

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