INS Sat­pura reaches Hawaii for Ex­er­cise RIMPAC 2016

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In pur­suance of In­dia’s ‘Act East Pol­icy’ and demon­stra­tion of In­dia’s com­mit­ment to peace and pros­per­ity of Indo-Pa­cific re­gion, In­dian naval ship Sat­pura ar­rived at Hawaii, United States, on June 30, 2016, to par­tic­i­pate in the 25th edi­tion of Ex­er­cise RIMPAC.

Ex­er­cise RIMPAC is the largest mul­ti­lat­eral naval ex­er­cise in the world and is held bi­en­ni­ally in the Western Pa­cific Ocean. In­dian Navy’s as­so­ci­a­tion with Ex­er­cise RIMPAC com­menced with par­tic­i­pa­tion as an ‘Ob­server’ in 2006, 2010 and 2012. In 2014, In­dian naval par­tic­i­pa­tion was en­hanced with de­ploy­ment of INS Sahyadri in the 24th edi­tion of the ex­er­cise. The cur­rent edi­tion of the ex­er­cise is sched­uled off Hawaii from June 30-Au­gust 4, 2016, and is likely to be at­tended by 27 coun­tries.

In­dian naval par­tic­i­pa­tion in Ex­er­cise RIMPAC-2016 pro­vides a plat­form for mul­ti­lat­eral oper­a­tional in­ter­ac­tions aimed at in­creased in­teroper- abil­ity and de­vel­op­ment of com­mon un­der­stand­ing of pro­ce­dures for mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions. The pro­fes­sional ex­changes in harbour and di­verse range of ac­tiv­i­ties at sea, in­clud­ing com­plex sur­face, sub­sur­face and air op­er­a­tions would en­able shar­ing of best prac­tices and hon­ing of oper­a­tional skills.

INS Sat­pura, an in­dige­nously built guided mis­sile stealth frigate, part of the East­ern Fleet, will par­tic­i­pate in the ex­er­cise. At the helm of the ship is the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer, Cap­tain A.N. Pramod, who is as­sisted by a team of pro­fes­sional and highly mo­ti­vated men of the In­dian Navy.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Ex­er­cise RIMPAC-16 is an­other sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in In­dian Navy’s ef­forts to­wards strength­en­ing mu­tual con­fi­dence and in­ter­op­er­abil­ity, as well as shar­ing of best prac­tices with other navies of the re­gion. In­dian Navy’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ex­er­cise will sup­port mar­itime se­cu­rity in the Indo-Pa­cific re­gion, and con­trib­ute to peace and sta­bil­ity of the global com­mons.

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