New Delhi: Indian Naval Ships Satpura and Kadmatt are on a four-day port visit to Manila, Philippines, which commenced on Tuesday. INS Satpura (F48) is a Shivalik-class stealth multi-role frigate built for the Indian Navy. This class is an improvement over the preceding Talwar-class frigates with increased stealth and land attack features.
INS Kadmatt has been named after the Kadmat Island of India’s Lakshadweep Islands and carries on the legacy of her predecessor INS Kadmatt (P 78), which served the Navy for 24 years from 23 December 1968 to 30 November 1992.
During the ships’ stay at Manila, the Commanding Officers will call on several high ranking officers from the Philippines Navy (PN). The ships will play friendly sports fixtures with PN personnel and will also take part in a Passage Exercise (PASSEX) with ships of the PN on their departure from Manila.
The visit of the Indian Navy’s warships will further deepen the existing bonds of friendship between the two countries. The Philippines Navy has been invited to participate in the Admiral’s Cup once again in 2017. The Indian Naval wrestling team participated in the Junior Asian Wrestling Championship held at Manila in Jun 2016.
Indian warships have visited Philippines every year since 2006. A Defence Cooperation Agreement was signed between both countries in Feb 2006 and a Joint Defence Cooperation Committee established in 2012. Built on concrete pillars of mutual trust and the understanding, the budding relations have forayed into the fields of maritime security, ship building and mutual training exchanges between their navies.