As part of an operational deployment to South Indian Ocean and South China Sea, ships of the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet under the command of Rear Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, arrived today at Kuantan (Malaysia) on a four day visit.
The Indian warships taking part in this deployment are guided missile destroyer INS Ranvir, guided missile stealth frigate INS Satpura, fleet tanker and support ship INS Shakti and INS Kamorta, the latest and indigenous Anti Submarine Warfare corvette. Earlier during their deployment, these warships participated in IMDEX-15 at Singapore and the Indo-Singapore bilateral naval exercise SIMBEX.
India-Malaysia naval cooperation has largely been in the form of training interactions and exchange of goodwill visits by IN and RMN ships.
During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, reception on board, ship open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, are planned. On departure, the ship will exercise with Royal Malaysian Naval ships for achieving interoperability in communication and Search and Rescue procedures.
In pursuit of India’s ‘Look East’ and ‘Act East’ policy, the ships had visited Singapore, Jakarta (Indonesia), Freemantle (Australia).
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