Indian Navy warships have conducted passage exercise (PASSEX) with U.S. Navy destroyers assigned to Ronald Reagan Strike Group in Southern Sea of Japan, about 70 nm north of Honshu, on Nov. 6.
The Indian Navy vessels involved in the exercise were INS Satpura (F48) frigate and INS Kadmatt (P29) corvette and the U.S. Navy vessels were guided-missile destroyers, USS Stethem (DDG-63) and USS Chafee (DDG-90).
During the exercise, a U.S. Navy MH-60R multi-mission helicopter embarked on USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) conducted landing onboard the flight deck of INS Satpura.
INS Satpura has also carried out ‘Replenishment at Sea’ with U.S. Navy’s Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler, USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194).
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, consisting of aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan with embarked staff of Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 staff and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, and the destroyers USS Stethem and USS Chafee are currently on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
USS Stethem and USS Chafee are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer in the U.S. Navy.
Stethem was built in Pascagoula, Mississippi, starting on 11 May 1993. The ship was commissioned on 21 October 1995 and is based out of Yokosuka, Japan. Chafee was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine on 12 April 2001, launched on 2 November 2002 and commissioned on 18 October 2003.
USS Chafee is an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer in United States Navy. She is named for Senator John Lester Hubbard Chafee, a Marine veteran of Guadalcanal who also served as the Secretary of the Navy.
The Indian Navy ships are on a three-month deployment to the East and Southeast Asia in pursuant to India’s ‘Act East Policy’. The ships departed Visakhapatnam on 8 September and visited Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia.
INS Satpura is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate operated by the Indian Navy. INS Satpura was built at the Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai. The ship was commissioned on 20 August 2011 into the Eastern Naval Command.
INS Kadmatt (P29) is the second of four Kamorta-class anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvettes operated by the Indian Navy. The vessel is manufactured by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata under the Project 28. The ship is assigned to the Eastern Naval Command of the Navy headquartered at Visakhapatnam.