Indian Navy Holds Maiden Passage Exercise with Qatar Navy

The Indian Navy guided missile destroyer, INS Kolkata (D63) held maiden passage exercise (PASSEX) with Qatar Navy Combattante III-class fast attack craft, QENS Al Ghariyah (Q02).

Deputy Commander of Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) Brigadier Hamad Al Dosari and Head of Training Brig Khalid Al Ruwaili along with 16 other QENF officers, embarked INS Kolkata for the PASSEX in the Persian Gulf.

The exercise saw the two navies enhance inter-operability through manoeuvres, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations, force protection measures, damage control and fire fighting operations.

INS Kolkata (D63)

INS Kolkata is the lead ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided-missile destroyers of the Indian Navy.

She was constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL), and was handed over to the navy on 10 July 2014 after completing her sea trials.

The ship was officially commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a ceremony held on 16 August 2014.

QENS Al Ghariyah (Q02)

QENS Al Ghariyah (Q02) is a La Combattante III-class fast attack craft of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF).

The vessel was built by CMN in Cherbourg, France and was launched on 23 Sep 1982. The vessel was commissioned into the Navy fleet on 10 Feb 1983.

The vessel has a displacement of 430 tons at full load and are armed with eight MM40 Exocet missiles, one 76mm gun, two 40mm guns and four 30mm guns.

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