New Delhi, June 13: To highlight India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain in addition to strengthen existing bonds between Papua New Guinea and India, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sahyadri is on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean.
In the enactment of India’s Act East Policy, the ship would be on a port visit to Moresby for four days from 12 June to 15 June 2017. INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate is commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi.
In April 2016, a number of constructive discussions were held on the shared desire to enhance the ties of friendship and cooperation that defined the relationship between the two countries when the Indian President, Pranab Mukherjee was on a state visit.
In course of its stay in the harbor, various activities have been planned such as official calls, formal reception on board ships; ships open to visitors, guided tours for Indian naval personnel, the professional interaction between naval personnel of both the nations and Community Welfare activities.
In addition, as part of the Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), the Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times 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 (Exclusive Economic Zone) Surveillance, Search and Rescue, and other capacity-building and capability- enhancement activities. 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 excess of the previous few years, India has made substantial advances in terms of designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear testimony to these capabilities.