In pursuance of the India’s ‘Act East Policy’, two Indian Naval Ships have
proceeded on deployment to East and South-East Asia this year as part of
India's act east policy.
INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt departed Eastern Naval command's headquarters,
Visakhapatnam on September nine to visit 12 ports in Singapore, Indonesia,
Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Brunei
and Russia. The two ships will be deployed for more than 3 months away from
During this deployment, the ships will participate in the International
Fleet Review hosted by the Association of South East Asian Countries (ASEAN) at
Thailand. They will visit Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia and Brunei
to commemorate the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN dialogue.
The ships will also participate in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster
Relief (HADR) exercise at Malaysia. At Russia, the ships will participate in
the annual India-Russia bilateral exercise INDRA. This year, for the first
time, Ex-INDRA will witness the joint participation of Army, Navy and Air Force
of both countries, thus, a major milestone in the bilateral relations between
the two countries.
The Indian Navy routinely undertakes deployment of ships to friendly
nations. The visit of Indian Naval Ships to East and South-East Asia
underscores India’s peaceful presence and harmonious relations with the
countries in the region.
The deployment aims to strengthen existing bonds between India and the
regional countries. Besides making port calls, the visit of ships will help in
people-to-people interactions, meetings between Indian Naval delegations with
local dignitaries, and naval exercises to share best practices at sea and
India had made great strides in field of warship design and construction.
INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt are both indigenously built warships. INS Satpura,
synonymous with the formidable mountain range in Central India, is a multi-role
stealth frigate and is commanded by Captain Rahul Shankar. INS Kadmatt, named after
an island in the beautiful Lakshadweep chain, is an Anti-Submarine Corvette and
is commanded by Commander Nithin Cariappa.