In­dian war­ships visit Vladi­vos­tok, Rus­sia


In a demon­stra­tion of In­dia’s com­mit­ment to long-stand­ing In­di­aRus­sia Strate­gic Part­ner­ship 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 at Vladi­vos­tok on a four-day visit ( June 27-July 1, 2016), as part of de­ploy­ment of the East­ern Fleet to the South China Sea.

Dur­ing the visit, the In­dian Navy ships will have pro­fes­sional in­ter­ac­tions with the Rus­sian Navy aimed at 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 Rus­sian Navy, aimed at en­hanc­ing in­ter­op­er­abil­ity in com­mu­ni­ca­tion as well as search and res- cue pro­ce­dures, post de­par­ture from Vladi­vos­tok. 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 Rus­sia are char­ac­terised by time-tested bonds of friend­ship based on co­op­er­a­tion and in­ter­ac­tions in fields of cul­ture, trade and econ­omy, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, and most im­por­tantly de­fence. Other sig­nif­i­cant ar­eas of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the coun­tries in­clude space tech­nol­ogy, hy­dro­car­bon ex­plo­ration and peace­ful use of nu­clear en­ergy. In­dia-Rus­sia mil­i­tary tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion has evolved from a sim­ple buyer-seller frame­work to one in­volv­ing joint re­search, de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of ad­vanced de­fence tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems. The In­dian Navy and Rus­sian Navy have forged en­dur­ing link­ages with each other, be­yond com­mon­al­ity of weapon sys­tems and equip­ment, over­com­ing bar­ri­ers of dis­tance and language. The two navies en­gage with each other an­nu­ally through the In­dra Navy se­ries of mar­itime ex­er­cise in ad­di­tion to re­cip­ro­cal vis­its by train­ing teams, high-level del­e­ga­tions and ships.

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