Naval co­op­er­a­tion

Southasia - - BRIEFING -

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.

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