National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 13 May 2018
Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet ships Shakti and Sahyadri under the Command of The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, NM would be entering the port of Sattahip, Thailand on 13 May 18 on a four day visit as a part of deployment of the Eastern Fleet to South East Asia. INS Shakti is commanded by Captain SA Joglekar and INS Sahyadri is commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha.
Meanwhile, INS Kamorta, an indigenously constructed warship, which is part of the ‘Eastern Fleet Ships’ on the overseas deployment would arrive at the port of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia on the same day. INS Kamorta is commanded by Cdr Saikat Chaterjee. The ship too would be in the port for four days.
During the visit, the IN Ships would have professional interaction with the Royal Thai Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy respectively, towards further enhancing cooperation between the Navies. In addition, the sporting and cultural interactions aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the Navies, are also planned.
Bilateral relations of India with Thailand and Malaysia are charaterised by historical strong bonds of friendship based on cultural, religious and economic ties. The current visit of the two countries seeks to enhance maritime cooperation and bolster India’s strong bonds of friendship with Thailand and Malaysia that would further contribute towards security and stability in the region.