India has deployed two major naval warships to the East and Southeast Asia in pursuant to its ‘Act East Policy’ on 8 September, the Indian Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
INS Satpura, a Shivalik-class stealth frigate, and INS Kadmatt, a Kamorta-class Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvette, departed Visakhapatnam today for the deployment. Both of the warships are indigenously developed in India.
The ships will visit 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia during their three month deployment.
The ships will participate in the International Fleet Review hosted by the Association of South East Asian Countries (ASEAN) at Thailand. They will visit Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei to commemorate the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN dialogue.
The ships will also participate in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise at Malaysia. At Russia, the ships will participate in the annual India-Russia bilateral exercise INDRA. This year, for the first time, Ex-INDRA will witness the joint participation of Army, Navy and Air Force of both countries, thus, a major milestone in the bilateral relations between the two countries.
According to the statement, the deployment underscores India’s peaceful presence and harmonious relations with the countries in the region and it aims to strengthen existing bonds between India and the regional countries.
The statement also noted that the Indian Navy routinely undertakes deployment of ships to friendly nations.
INS Satpura stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Rahul Shankar while INS Kadmatt is commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.
Video of INS Satpura departing Visakhapatnam for the deployment:
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