In­dian war­ships visit Alexan­dria

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

As part of the In­dian Navy’s over­seas de­ploy­ment (OSD) to the Mediter­ranean Sea and the West Coast of Africa, two In­dian war­ships, INS Mum­bai and INS Aditya, were on a three-day visit to Alexan­dria in Egypt from May 5. The war­ships en­gaged ex­ten­sively with the Egyp­tian Navy.

With gov­ern­ments of both coun­tries keen on sus­tain­ing strong diplo­matic ties, the cur­rent visit seeks to un­der­score In­dia’s peace­ful pres­ence and sol­i­dar­ity with friendly coun­tries and, in par­tic­u­lar, to strengthen the ex­ist­ing bonds of friend­ship be­tween In­dia and Egypt.

In­dian Naval as­sets have been in­creas­ingly de­ployed in re­cent times to ad­dress the main mar­itime con­cerns of the re­gion, in­clud­ing piracy off the coast of So­ma­lia. In ad­di­tion, the In­dian Navy has also been in­volved in as­sist­ing coun­tries in the In­dian Ocean Re­gion with Hy­dro­graphic Sur­vey, Search and Res­cue and other such ca­pac­ity-build­ing and ca­pa­bil­ity-en­hance­ment ac­tiv­i­ties. The cur­rent de­ploy­ment into the Mediter­ranean will con­trib­ute to­wards the In­dian Navy’s ef­forts to con­sol­i­date In­ter Oper­abil­ity and forge strong bonds of friend­ship across the seas.

The vis­it­ing ships were part of the In­dian Navy’s West­ern Naval Com­mand and are based in Mum­bai. The Task Group is headed by Rear Ad­mi­ral RB Pan­dit, the Flag Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing West­ern Fleet.

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