New Delhi, May 15: Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Jyoti are overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. Both the Naval Ship is on a six-day port visit to Kuantan, Malaysia between May 14 and May 19, 2017.
In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, the Indian Naval Ships visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Malaysia.
India and Malaysia both together share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in various spheres.
INS Shivalik is a multi-role stealth frigate commanded by Captain R Vinod Kumar while INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.
During the visit port visit to Kuantan, various activities would take place including official calls, formal reception on board ships, ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel and professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations have been planned.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on India visit last month called Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks and enhances the partnership between the two countries. Last year in the month of July Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulazaman, the Chief of Royal Malaysia Navy visited India to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two navies which have witnessed a steady rise in their cooperation. INS Kora, an indigenously built corvette had recently participated in LIMA-17.
In recent times, Indian Naval assets have been increasingly organized to address the main maritime concerns of the region. The Indian Navy has also been involved in assisting countries in the Indian Ocean Region with EEZ Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability enhancement activities as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region).
The current deployment will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter-operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas. In last few years, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities.