New Delhi: The Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet on Wednesday set sail under the command of Rear Admiral SV Bhokare, Flag Officer commanding Eastern Fleet, towards the South China and North West Pacific.
As a commitment to India’s ‘Act East’ policy, this venture, initiated from 18th May 2016, will be a two and half months deployment where the Eastern Fleet will make port calls at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), Subic Ray (Philippines), Sasebo (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Vladivostok (Russia) and Port Klang (Malaysia).
A four-day duration for each port is aimed to strengthen bilateral relationships and augment inter-operability between the navies of the different countries. Professional interaction and official visitations have been planned between the naval personnel of each nation. These ships will also participate in a maritime exercise with the US Navy and JMSDF, dubbed as MALABAR-16.
In this historic deployment, home-built guided missile stealth frigates, IN Ships — Satpura and Sahyadri, commanded by Captain AN Pramod and Captain KS Rajkumar, INS Shakti, a fleet support ship, commanded by Captain Gagan Kaushal and INSKirch, a home-built guided missile corvette commanded by Commander Sharad Sinsunwal will be participating.