In­dian war­ships visit Bu­san af­ter Ex­er­cise Mal­abar 2016


In a demon­stra­tion of In­dia’s ‘Act East pol­icy’ and In­dian Navy’s in­creas­ing foot­print and op­er­a­tional reach, In­dian naval ships Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch un­der the Com­mand of the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing East­ern Fleet, Rear Ad­mi­ral S.V. Bhokare, YSM, NM have ar­rived on June 21, 2016, at Bu­san on a four-day visit, as part of de­ploy­ment of the East­ern Fleet to the South China Sea.

Dur­ing the visit, the In­dian Navy ships will have pro­fes­sional in­ter­ac­tion with the Re­pub­lic of Korean Navy to­wards fur­ther en­hanc­ing co­op­er­a­tion between the two forces. In ad­di­tion, calls on se­nior gov­ern­ment and mil­i­tary author­i­ties, sport­ing and cul­tural in­ter­ac­tions and shar­ing of best prac­tices, aimed at strength­en­ing ties and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing between the two navies, are also planned. The vis­it­ing In­dian Navy ships are also likely to con­duct ex­er­cises with the Korean Navy, aimed at en­hanc­ing in­ter­op­er­abil­ity in com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as search and res­cue pro­ce­dures, post de­par­ture from Bu­san. INS Sahyadri is com­manded by Cap­tain K.S. Rajkumar, INS Shakti is com­manded by Cap­tain Ga­gan Kaushal and INS Kirch is com­manded by Com­man­der Sharad Sin­sun­wal.

Bi­lat­eral re­la­tions between In­dia and Korea have been re­in­forced in mod­ern times by po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic im­per­a­tives. Tra­di­tion­ally close bi­lat­eral re­la­tions were given an im­pe­tus with the visit of Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye to In­dia in Jan­uary 2014 and re­cip­ro­cal visit by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to Korea in May 2015. Bi­lat­eral trade and eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries has been forg­ing ahead steadily and has pro­gressed leaps and bounds in re­cent years. Both coun­tries have signed a Com­pre­hen­sive Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship Agree­ment, with special em­pha­sis on ship­build­ing and elec­tron­ics hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ing.

De­fence and se­cu­rity re­la­tions between In­dia and Re­pub­lic of Korea have evolved steadily over the years and have re­ceived a re­newed im­pe­tus with the visit of a del­e­ga­tion led by De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar in April 16. Sub­scrip­tion to train­ing cour­ses, par­tic­i­pa­tion in multi-lat­eral sem­i­nars/fo­rums, re­cip­ro­cal port vis­its, high-level del­e­ga­tions and train­ing ex­changes have bol­stered naval co­op­er­a­tion between the two coun­tries.

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