In a demonstration of its operational reach and commitment to India's 'Act East' policy, the Indian Navy's Eastern Fleet sailed out recently, on a two and a half month long operational deployment to the South China and North West Pacific. During this overseas deployment, the ships of Eastern Fleet will make port calls at Cam Rahn Bay (Vietnam), Subic Bay (Philippines), Sasebo (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Vladivostok (Russia) and Port Klang (Malaysia).
East'n Fleet off to S China Sea&NW Pacific. Visits to Cam Rahn Bay,Subic Bay, Sasebo, Busan,Vladivostok&Port Klang.— DPR (@SpokespersonMoD) May 19, 2016
Indigenously built guided missile stealth frigates, IN Ships Satpura and Sahyadri, INS Shakti, a sophisticated fleet support ship, and INS Kirch an indigenous guided missile corvette are participating in this deployment.
The visits to each port will last four days and are aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between the navies. During the stay in harbour, various activities such as official calls and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.
PASSEX has also been planned at sea with the host navies. In addition to showing the Flag in this region of vital strategic importance to India, these ships will also participate in MALABAR-16, a maritime exercise with the US Navy and JMSDF.
INS Karmuk in Indonesia
On a similar purpose INS Karmuk attended closing ceremony of 27th Ind - Indo CORPAT at Indonesia.
The closing ceremony of 27TH India-Indonesian CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) was held from 16-19 May 16. Indian Naval Ship Karmuk entered Belawan harbour (Indonesia) on 16th of May 2016 to participate in the closing ceremony.
The ship was escorted by Indonesia Navy ship KRI Imam Bonjol into the harbour. Senior Officials from Indonesia Navy as well as Embassy of India at Indonesia were present to receive the ship.
The 27TH edition of the CORPAT was conducted from 29th April to 19th May 2016. The closing ceremony at Belawan saw the two navies conducting interactive session on measures to enhance inter-operability.
The senior officer from Indian Navy hosted a reception on board INS Karmuk on 17th May 2016 which was attended by more than 100 dignitaries from various fields. INS Karmuk with Senior Officer embarked departed the Port of Belawan on 19th May 2016 on completion of the event. The event added another chapter in enhancing bilateral co-operation between the two nations in the maritime domain.