Covering a distance of over 5000 nautical miles (9000 km), Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, an indigenously built guided missile stealth Frigate arrived on July 1, 2014, at Pearl Harbour, USA to participate in the multilateral maritime exercise, called RIMPAC (Rim of Pacific).
The exercise is scheduled to be held from 01 July – 02 August 2014. This is the first ever participation of an Indian Naval ship in Exercise RIMPAC.
During the stay in Pearl Harbour, the ship’s crew would be participating in harbour exercises, professional interactions, military symposiums, sports events and social fixtures being conducted as part of the Harbour Phase of RIMPAC 14. Subsequently, during the Sea Phase, the ship will participate in various exercises with navies from different countries, covering the entire gamut of maritime operations including anti-surface, anti-submarine, anti-air and Carrier Strike Group operations.
INS Sahyadri’s participation in RIMPAC-14 will serve to reinforce naval ties with USA and other participating countries, as well as contribute immensely towards enhancing interoperability with friendly navies.
Press Release, July 02, 2014; Image: Indian Navy