Indian naval ships dock in UAE capital

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    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.

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    The presence of the ships underscore India’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 navy’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.
     
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    In the situation the UAE are at right now they would probably remember any current supporter for a long time. And I don't think they will fall so I'll call that a smart move too.
     
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    IS something happening here or all just coincidence? After UAE, Indian naval ships now in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi Gazette - Indian navy vessels arrive at Jubail Port

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    JUBAIL: Three Indian navy ships from the Southern Naval Command - INS Tir, INS Krishna and ICGS Veera - arrived at Jubail Port Thursday, as part of efforts to enhance relations with Saudi Arabia.

    The Southern Naval Command is the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy. It has been training officers and sailors of the Indian Navy in basic courses and specializations at various stages of their careers. It also offers training courses to cadets of other friendly countries.

    A press conference was held Thursday on board the INS Tir, which was addressed by Talmiz Ahmad, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom; Captain K.N Sushil, Southern Naval commander, Kochi; and Captain Sanjiv Issar, Commanding Officer INS Tir.

    Ahmad stressed the importance of dialogue and identified areas of common maritime and other interest between India and Saudi Arabia.
    He said India has long-standing and strong relations with Saudi Arabia, which was strengthened by the recent visit of Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, to the Kingdom.

    “Relations are improving with strategic partnerships in defense, culture, politics, energy and economics.”
    He added that A.K. Antony, India’s Defense Minister, will visit the Kingdom on May 7 in Riyadh, which will further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

    “I am very delighted with the visit of the three Indian naval ships. They are part of historic maritime linkages that India has had with the Gulf for several centuries. Ours is a mission of goodwill and friendship. We want to exchange ideas with the personnel of the Saudi Navy about development, technology, strategy and tactics,” he added.

    Issar said that around 500 crew members are on board the three ships which include training officers and sailors of the Southern Indian Navy.
    He said they had previously visited Muscat and Abu Dhabi before Jubail.

    After four days of maritime joint exercises and talks with their Saudi counterparts, they will be leaving for India on Sunday.
    “The Saudi government welcomes our visit and we will exchange ideas to benefit each other,” said Sushil.

    Hydrographic surveys to determine sea borders will be one of the major topics under discussion. Various Indian cultural programs were held on the ship, including Bharathanattyam, a Panjabi dance.

    Also present at the event were Colonel Garbiel Benescu (Defense, Military, Air & Naval Attaché of the Embassy of Romania, Riyadh); and Captain Keith Pollock (Defense Attaché of New Zealand Embassy, Riyadh).
     

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