Visit of Indian warships to Subic Bay, Philippines
In a demonstration of India’s ‘Act East’ policy and Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian naval ships Sahyadri and Shakti have arrived at Subic Bay on a three-day visit, as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea and Western Pacific.
During the visit, the Indian Navy ships will have professional interaction with the Philippine Navy towards further 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 Philippine Navy, aimed at enhancing interoperability in communication as well as search and rescue procedures, post departure from Subic Bay. INS Sahyadri is commanded by Captain K.S. Rajkumar and INS Shakti is commanded by Captain Gagan Kaushal.
The current visit seeks to enhance maritime cooperation between the Indian Navy and the Philippine Navy. It will further bolster the strong bonds of friendship between India and Philippines and contribute to security and stability in this vital part of the world.