http://gulftoday.ae/portal/7cd387ac-a092-4cb0-8bba-381f6e4aaa88.aspx The Indian navy is showcasing its capacity among Gulf countries by docking its three key training ships INS Tir, INS Krishna and CGS Veera in Abu Dhabi. To mark the arrival of the ships a function was organised in Abu Dhabi. Apart from commanding officers of the ships and naval officers, the Indian Ambassador to UAE MK Lokesh and Consul General of India in Dubai Sanjay Verma were also present. Speaking on the occasion the Commanding Officer of the INS Tir, Captain Sanjeev Issar said that navies of India and UAE conduct regular ship visits. An officer of the navy informed that two naval ships, INS Krishna and INS Tir had undertaken several successful anti-piracy operations recently. The dispatch of the naval ships is part of an effort to add a dimension of defence co-operation between India and the Gulf countries. Defence ties The presence of the ships underscore Indiaâ€™s commitment to remain engaged with the Gulf as an independent player, fully aware of its strategic autonomy. During the visit, the Indian side is likely to interact with its UAE counterpart to explore the tie-ups that would help secure safe passage of ships along the vital sea-lanes that connect India and the Gulf. The ships are part of the Indian navyâ€™s training command, which will sail out of UAE on Sunday. India and the UAE have regular exchange of dialogue in the field of defence. Among the main areas of bilateral defence cooperation are joint exercises of armed forces, particularly naval exercises.