As a move aimed at strengthening maritime security cooperation between India and the Maldives, an Indian Navy ship, ‘INS Khanjar’ berthed in the harbor of Male, the capital of the Maldives. The ship was on deployment for joint exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and anti-piracy patrols with the Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF). INS Khanjar undertook a joint EEZ patrol in the Maldivian exclusive economic zone. According to the Indian High Commission in Male, the officers on board and the MNDF Coast Guard personnel participated in a number of professional activities, such as refresher training capsules on force protection, search and rescue exercises, high-risk boarding and other naval exercises.
INS Khanjar is one of the four Khukri-class missile corvettes of the Indian Navy.
The ship is designed for surface-to-surface warfare and its weapon system includes surfaceto-surface missiles, close-range antiair missiles, a medium-caliber gun and close-in weapon systems. It also has the capability to carry an Alouette helicopter for air operations. INS Khanjar is part of the elite Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy and is commanded by Commander BS Bains.