Indian navy ships on 4-day visit to Malaysia

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    Indian navy ships on 4-day visit - General - New Straits Times

    PORT KLANG: Four Indian Navy ships docked at the Port Klang Cruise Centre (PKCC) for a four-day goodwill visit yesterday.

    The visit by the frigate INS Shivalik, guided-missile destroyer INS Rana, missile corvette INS Karmuk and replenishment tanker INS Shakti was to commemorate maritime ties between the two nations.

    They are under the command of Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet Rear Admiral P. Ajit Kumar and the four ship captains.

    The ships had sailed from Visakhapatnam naval base in May as part of their eastward deployment which entailed travelling 11,000 nautical miles to countries such as China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore before making the final port of call here.

    Ajit Kumar said the ships' arrival was part of a traditional diplomatic exchange between Malaysia and India.

    "The visit is aimed at strengthening the bonds between the two countries and the two navies.

    "The two countries are maritime neighbours and the exchange of visits by naval ships are voyages of friendship which help to strengthen the relationship," he said aboard the INS Shakti.

    Ajit Kumar said he and his commanding officers would be calling on local military and civil dignitaries during the ships' stay here.

    The ships, with a strength of 1,000 sailors and nearly 200 officers, were capable of carrying the HAL Dhruv, HAL Chetak and Sea King helicopters.

    They will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm on Friday.

    Ajit Kumar added that today, both navies would be meeting to discuss plans to take part in a joint exercise before the ships depart for India.
     
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