The Indian Navy warships, INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt has departed Sasebo, Japan following a scheduled port visit on Oct. 15, the service announced.
The ships had arrived in Sasebo on Oct. 12 and had engaged with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) in formal calls, as also professional, social and sporting interactions.
According to an earlier statement from Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), 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 was 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 (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.