An Indian naval flotilla, comprising four ships from the Eastern Fleet, under the command of Rear Admiral Ajit Kumar P, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet is scheduled to visit Manila from June 12 to 16.
The ships are on a goodwill visit and include the indigenously-built guided missile stealth frigate Satpura, guided missile destroyer Ranvijay, guided missile corvette Kirch and the fleet tanker Shakti. There would be around 800 officers and men of Indian Navy on board the vessels.
The two-month deployment to Southeast Asia is far from India’s usual area of operations. During the deployment, the men onboard battle group will interact with a wide cross-section of people from the different countries they would visit and which would contribute to goodwill and understanding.
The flotilla will participate in Passage Exercises with the navies of the countries visited. The exercises would be focused on maritime security cooperation comprising humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) operations and Visit, Board, Search and Seizure drills for anti-piracy operations. These are aimed at increasing naval inter-operability, enabling the two navies to function together smoothly during possible HADR operations.
In addition, during the port visits, the Fleet Commander along with the Commanding Officers of the ships will meet high-ranking officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of National Defense, state administration, port management, coastal security organization, police and other stakeholders of maritime security to share professional experiences and exchange best practices in areas of mutual interest.
The Indian naval ships will also be open to the public on June 12 at 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.