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.

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