The Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships INS Shakti
and INS Kamorta
reached the Port of Makassar, Indonesia for a three-day visit to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies for security and stability in the region.
Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, is heading the fleet ships. This is part of the operational reach and pursuit of India’s ‘Act East’ policy.
INS Shakti and INS Kamorta are on the last leg of their two-month operational deployment to South East Asia and Western Pacific Ocean. MALABAR-18 has also been included for a trilateral exercise between the Indian Navy, US Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) which was held off Guam, an Island territory of the US in the Pacific Ocean.
During the stay, the ships will have professional interaction, sports fixtures and social interactions with the Indonesian Navy. The ships would also be open to visitors. A ENC spokesperson said the visit aims at strengthening the strong bond and mutual understanding between the two Navies.
The presence of the frontline warships of the Indian Navy comes soon after both countries elevated their bilateral ties to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Indonesia on May 29. The current visit of the Indian Naval Ships to Makassar seeks to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies for security and stability in the region and further bolster India’s strong bonds of friendship with Indonesia.
The professional and social interaction and sports fixtures aim to further bolster India’s strong bonds of friendship with Indonesia.
INS Sahyadri along with two Eastern Fleet ships left Visakhapatnam port on April 30 visited Singapore, Sattahip (Thailand), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), DA Nang (Vietnam), and Guam (U.S.A) over the last two months.
INS Sahyadri has proceeded to Hawaii to participate in Exercise RIMPAC which involves the participation of 26 navies, after the Malabar exercise at Guam.