New Delhi, June 30: Indian Naval Ship Satpura arrived at Hawaii on Thursday,June 30 to participate in the 25th edition of Exercise RIMPAC.Twenty-seven countries are participating in the five-day exercise.
INS Satpura is an indigenously-built guided missile stealth frigate, part of the Eastern Fleet. It is commanded by Captain A N Pramod.
According to Navy Spokesperson, Exercise RIMPAC is the largest multilateral naval exercise in the world and is held biennially in the Western Pacific Ocean.
During the years 2006, 2010 and 2012, Indian Navy participated in the Exercise as an 'Observer' and in 2014 INS Sahyadri was deployed, enhancing the presence.
Navy terms the participation in the Exercise as a significant milestone in its efforts towards, strengthening mutual confidence and inter-operability, as well as sharing of best practices with other navies of the region.
"Indian Navy's participation in the exercise will support maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, and contribute to peace and stability of the global commons," says the spokesperson.
Navy says the participation provides a platform for multilateral operational interactions aimed at increased interoperability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.
"The professional exchanges in harbour and diverse range of activities at sea, including complex surface, sub-surface and air operations would enable sharing of best practices and honing of operational skills," says the spokesperson.