On board INS Jalashwa, Nov 18 (UNI) With a view to display the defence capability of the Indian Navy, as part of the Navy week celebrations, the INS Jalashwa, a landing Platform Dock (LPD) and an amphibious assault ship joined four other warships of the Eastern Naval Command.
Equipped with landing craft mechanised and Sea King helicopters, the INS Jalashwa, after being commissioned at Norfolk in the US on June 22, arrived for the first time off the Paradip coast yesterday to join the INS Ranjit, INS Rajput, INS Kuthur and INS Kirpan on the occasion of Navy day celebrations.
Orissa Governor M C Bhandare, accompained by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Raman Prem Suthan, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet Rear Admiral R K Dhawan, witnessed the naval exercises as part of the ongoing Navy Week celebrations.
The various exercises included the anti-submarine rocket firing, close range anti-aircraft gun firing, anti-submarine sonar operation by KA-25 helicopter and visit board search and seizure operation by marine commandos, besides the search and rescue demonstration by Chetak helicopter.
The INS Ranjit and INS Rajput, described as Kashin-class destroyers with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missile, and the INS Kirpan and INS Kuthur with surface-to-surface missiles, performed various operations during the sea sortie off Paradip with the INS Jalashwa.