In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, Indian Naval Ships Sahyadri,
Shivalik, Jyoti and Kamorta under the command of Rear Admiral Biswajit
Dasgupta, YSM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet are on an
overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. Indian
Naval Ships Sahyadri and Kamorta are on a port visit to Jakarta from May 26 to
May 30, 2017 and to Surabaya from June 01 to June 05 as part of the mission.
The visit of the Indian Naval Ships 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 Indonesia.
During visit of Indonesian President's visit to India, the leaders had
directed their respective ministers to convene the Defence Ministers’ Dialogue
and the Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) Meetings to review and
upgrade the ‘Agreement on Cooperative Activities in the Fields of Defence’ to a
substantive bilateral Defence Cooperation Agreement. The ‘Statement on Maritime
Cooperation’ issued during the visit was one of the highlights.
Indian Naval assets have been increasingly deployed in recent times to
address the main maritime concerns of the region. In addition, as part of the
Indian Government’s vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in 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. The current deployment
will contribute towards the Indian Navy’s efforts to consolidate inter
operability and forge strong bonds of friendship across the seas.
Over the past few decades, India has made substantial advances in terms of
designing and building warships indigenously and the visiting ships bear
testimony to these capabilities. INS Sahyadri, and INS Shivalik both multi-role
stealth frigates rare commanded by Captain Anil Jaggi and Captain R Vinod Kumar
respectively while INS Kamorta, an Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette is commanded
by Commander Vipin Gupta. INS Jyoti, the fleet replenishment tanker is
commanded by Captain S Shyam Sundar.
the stay in Indonesian harbours various activities such as 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.