Indian Navy in disputed South China Sea as part of operational deployment


In what is being seen as a furtherance to India’s ‘Act East’ policy and more specifically, a strategically operational deployment in the crucial South China Sea, Indian Navy warships reached Malaysia on Wednesday.

The fleet belonging to the Navy’s Eastern Fleet fleet includes INS Ranvir, a guided missile destroyer, INS Satpura, the indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate, INS Kamorta, the indigenous anti submarine warfare corvette and INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet tanker and support ship.

They will be deployed at Malaysia’s port city Kuantan that faces South China sea, for four days, Navy officials said in Delhi. The ships will exercise with Royal Malaysian Naval ships for achieving interoperability in communication and search and rescue procedures.

This visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two friendly nations. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls, reception on board, ship open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies, are planned, officials said.


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