Two Indian Navy warships, INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt have arrived at Hai Phong, Vietnam to commemorate 45yrs of diplomatic relations between the countries.
The visit also marks the 10th anniversary of Strategic Partnership between the countries & 25 yrs of Dialogue partnership between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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.
INS Satpura stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Rahul Shankar while INS Kadmatt ASW corvette is commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.
According to the statement released prior to the deployment, this mission “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.”
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 (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.