Indian Navy warships, INS Satpura (F48) and INS Kadmatt (P29) has arrived in Sasebo, Japan on Oct. 12 for a scheduled port visit.
According to the statement from Indian Ministry of Defence, the visit of the ships is part the Indian Government’s initiatives to strengthen the long standing, mutually supportive and strong relationship between Japan and India.
This visit is 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 visit 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei and Russia.
The ships will remain in Sasebo till Oct. 15 and engage with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in formal calls, as also professional, social and sporting interactions. After completion of the harbour phase, the ships will take part in Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with JMSDF’s Murusame-class destroyer, JS Kirisame.
Since the first ‘Navy to Navy Staff Talks’ between the two nations in November 2008, naval ties have reached new heights.
Japanese and Indian navies regularly conducts bilateral and multilateral maritime exercises which has lead to enhanced cooperation in information sharing, meteorology and oceanography, disaster management and military training.
The erstwhile Japan – India Maritime Exercise (JIMEX) led to Japan participating in the ‘Malabar’ exercise (a tripartite naval exercise between India, the US and Japan) since 2014. JMSDF Ships JS Izumo and JS Sazanami participated in the recently concluded edition of Ex Malabar off Chennai.
Both navies have participated in each other’s International Fleet Reviews (IFR) by deputing ships and high level delegations – while INS Sahyadri participated in the IFR at Yokosuka in October 2015, JS Matsuyuki participated in the IFR at Visakhapatnam in February 2016.
The defence and security interaction between both countries has also expanded to encompass a Defence Policy Dialogue and a Maritime Affairs Dialogue.
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.
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.
INS Satpura stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Rahul Shankar while INS Kadmatt ASW corvette is commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.