New Delhi: As part of an ongoing bilateral naval exchange between Indian and Bangladesh navies, INS Ranvir arrived in Bangladesh for a goodwill visit. The Indian warship reached Chittagong port of Bangladesh on Monday morning.
The ship’s officials and sailors welcomed the Chief of Chittagong Naval Staff Captain SM Moniruzzaman, as confirmed by Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate (ISPR) of Bangladesh. The ISPR said, Bangladeshi naval cadets welcomed the ship in traditional style by playing a band. Earlier, the naval ship ‘Sea Operation’ welcomed the visitor when it arrived in the waters of Bangladesh.
As per the press release from the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, ‘Ranvir’ meaning ‘the Hero of Battle’, is a frontline missile destroyer ship of the Indian Navy. The ship was commissioned in 1986 and has undergone a midlife upgrade in Jan 2008. It has participated in a large number of operational deployments, joint exercises with other navies and goodwill visits to many foreign countries.
During this visit, Indian naval personnel will interact with their counterparts from the Bangladesh Navy. In addition to joint training activities, friendly sports matches and cultural visits would also be conducted. There is a proposal to visit specialized school for child ‘Ashar Alo’, and various historic tourist areas of Chittagong.
On the other hand, officers and sailors from Bangladesh Navy will also visit INS Ranvir. A passage exercise will be undertaken with Bangladesh Navy ships when INS Ranvir sails out from Chittagong on 27 July 2017, said ISPR of Bangladesh.
It’s known from Indian High Commission in Dhaka & ISPR that, such goodwill visits are a reflection of growing bilateral maritime cooperation between both the Navies. It provides an opportunity to professionals from both sides to interact and exchange best practices being followed in respective Navies.