Indian naval ships visit Kuwait

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Tarkash and Deepak on Thursday reached Kuwait on a four day visit, an official statement said.

The statement said Indian naval officers and sailors would undertake professional interactions with their Kuwait counterparts pertaining to nuances of maritime operations, including means of combating maritime terrorism and piracy.

They will also call on senior government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at enhancing cooperation and strengthening mutual understanding between the two navies, are also planned.

The visiting ships are also likely to conduct exercises with the Kuwait Naval Force, it said, adding defence cooperation between India and Kuwait has been steadily growing through high level visits, training exchanges and port visits by naval ships in recent past.

India and Kuwait are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and co-operative initiative between 30 countries of the Indian Ocean Region, which has served as an ideal forum for sharing of information and cooperation on maritime issues.

Indian Navy’s ships Delhi, Deepak, Trishul and Tabar last visited Kuwait in September 2015. A delegation from the Kuwait Naval Force also participated in the recent International Fleet Review at Visakhapatnam.

INS Delhi, an indigenous guided missile destroyer, is commanded by Captain Sandeep Singh Sandhu, INS Tarkash, a stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Pradeep Singh and INS Deepak, fleet replenishment tanker, is commanded by Captain Sujit Kumar Chhetri.



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