Three Indian naval ships visit Russia

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Three Indian Naval ships, Sahyadri, Shakti and Kirch, arrived here on Monday for a four-day visit to Russia, during which the Indian and Russian naval personnel will conduct joint exercises. An Indian Navy statement called it a “demonstration of India`s commitment to longstanding India-Russia strategic partnership and Indian Navy`s increasing footprint and operational reach”. Vladivostok is an eastern port city located at the head of the
Golden Horn Bay, not far from Russia`s borders with China and North Korea.
The ships are likely to conduct exercises with the Russian Navy, aimed at enhancing interoperability in communication as well as search and rescue procedures, it said. The ships are under the command of the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet, Rear Admiral S.V. Bhokare, and will be in Vladivostok until July 1 as part of the deployment of the Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea.
During their visit, the personnel aboard the ships will have professional interactions with Russian naval officers and men aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two forces, the statement said. Indian naval officers will also call upon the senior government and military authorities. Sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at strengthening ties and mutual understanding between the two navies, are also planned. “Relations between India and Russia are characterised by the time-tested bonds of friendship based on cooperation and interactions in fields of culture, trade and economy, science and technology and most importantly defence,” the Indian Navy statement said.

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