Indian Navy ships departs Vladivostok, Russia following joint exercise

The Indian Navy warships, INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt has departed Vladivostok, Russia on Oct. 30, after participating in a bilateral exercise.

The ships arrived in Russia to participate in a 2 week long Indo-Russian bilateral tri-service training, Exercise Indra 2017.

Exercise INDRA has been earlier conducted as a single service exercise alternately between the two countries. This year, the exercise has been upgraded to involve all the three Services of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy & Air Force).

The sea phase of the exercise was conducted at Sea of Japan near Vladivostok. The exercise culminated on Oct. 29 in a grand closing ceremony held at Vladivostok harbour.

This visit was also part of the three-month deployment of the ships to the East and Southeast Asia in pursuant to India’s ‘Act East Policy’. The ships departed Visakhapatnam on 8 September and visited 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia.

INS Satpura (F48) 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 headquartered at Visakhapatnam.

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.

INS Satpura stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Rahul Shankar while INS Kadmatt ASW corvette is commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.

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