New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Indian Navy’s guided-missile destroyer Delhi, Talwar-class frigate Tarkash and fleet tanker Deepak reached Dubai for a four-day visit on Saturday, and are “likely to conduct” some exercises with the UAE Navy, an official statement said.
During the visit, the crews of these ships will undertake professional interactions with the UAE Navy, aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two forces.
In addition, calls on senior government and military authorities, sporting and cultural interactions and sharing of best practices, aimed at strengthening mutual understanding between the two navies, are also planned, the statement said.
“The visiting IN ships are also likely to conduct exercises with the UAE Navy,” it said.
The visit comes ahead of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s UAE visit May 18-19.
The statement added that maritime cooperation between the two countries has increased steadily since the inaugural navy-to-navy staff talks in January 2007, while reciprocal port visits, high-level delegations and training exchanges have further bolstered naval cooperation.
Indian Naval Ships Delhi, Deepak, Trishul and Tabar visited UAE in September 2015.
India and UAE are also members of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS), a voluntary and cooperative 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. UAE hosted the 2010 edition of IONS at Abu Dhabi.
“The current visit seeks to bolster the strong bonds of friendship between India and UAE and contribute to security and stability in this vital part of the Indian Ocean Region,” the statement said.
The visiting ships are under the command of Western Fleet commander, Rear Admiral Ravneet Singh, while INS Delhi is commanded by Captain Sandeep Singh Sandhu, INS Tarkash by Captain Pradeep Singh and INS Deepak by Captain Sujit Kumar Chhetri.