Indian Naval ships enter Malaysia waters

Indian Naval ships enter Malaysia waters
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During the visit, the Indian Naval ships will have professional interaction with the Royal Malaysian Navy towards further enhancing cooperation between the two forces. In addition, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two Navies, are also planned. 

Visakhapatnam: Continuing its ‘Act East’ policy and Indian Navy’s increasing footprint and operational reach, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri, INS Shakti and INS Kirch under the Command of Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral S V Bhokare arrived at Port Kelang on Friday on a four-day visit, as part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea and Western Pacific.

During the visit, the Indian Naval ships will have professional interaction with the Royal Malaysian Navy towards further enhancing cooperation between the two forces.

In addition, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two Navies, are also planned.

The visiting ships are also likely to conduct joint exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy, aimed at enhancing interoperability in communication as well as search and rescue procedures, post departure from Port Kelang.

Bilateral relations between India and Malaysia are characterised by strong bonds of friendship based on cultural, religious and economic ties between south India and Malay Peninsula over two millennia.

The economic and commercial relations are the mainstay of India-Malaysia relationship. Malaysia is the third largest trading partner of India from Asean. India-Malaysia defence ties dates back to the colonial days when troops of Madras Native Infantry served in Malacca, Singapore and Penang.

Currently, there is considerable naval cooperation between the two countries bolstered by regular reciprocal port visits, high-level delegations and training exchanges.

The Indian Navy has been a regular participant at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia. The last visit by an Indian Naval ship in Malaysia was in May 2015, when Saryu berthed at Penang. INS Sahyadri is commanded by Captain K S Rajkumar, INS Shakti by Captain Gagan Kaushal and INS Kirch by Commander Sharad Sinsunwal.

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