3 Indian naval ships in Dubai to bolster ties
Bengaluru, May 7: Three ships of Indian Navy - INS Delhi, INS Tarkash and INS Deepak -- under the Command of Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh arrived at Dubai on a four day visit.
Naval officials said that the trip is demonstration of India's commitment to maritime relations with countries in the Gulf.
The current visit also seeks to bolster the strong bonds of friendship between India and UAE and contribute to security and stability in the Indian Ocean Region.
During the visit, the crew would undertake professional interactions with the UAE Navy, towards enhancing co-operation between the two forces. The ships are also likely to conduct exercises with the UAE Navy.
Indian ships visited UAE last year too
INS Delhi is commanded by Capt Sandeep Singh Sandhu, INS Tarkash by Capt Pradeep Singh and INS Deepak by Capt Sujit Kumar Chhetri.
Indian naval ships had last visited UAE in September 2015, including INS Delhi, INS Deepak, INS Trishul and INS Tabar.
Navy says bilateral relations between India and UAE are characterised by strong bonds of friendship based on cultural and economic ties dating back to nearly 3000 BC.
"These have been further strengthened in recent times by a vibrant economic relationship and growing convergence on security issues. UAE is India's second largest trading partner and Indians are the largest expatriate community in the UAE," says a Navy spokesperson.
Modi visit opened up new avenues
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE in August 2015 opened up new avenues of a strategic partnership between the two countries.
Both nations had then agreed to cooperate in maritime security and strengthen defence relations. Modi along with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is scheduled to visit UAE from May 18.
Maritime cooperation between the two countries has increased steadily since the inaugural Navy-to-Navy staff talks in January 2007.
Navy says reciprocal port visits, high-level delegations and training exchanges have further bolstered naval cooperation between the two countries.
India and UAE 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.