New Delhi: Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri, currently on operational deployment to North West Pacific region and South China Sea in pursuance of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, entered Incheon, ROK this morning. The ship is likely to remain at Incheon till 27 October 2015 for an extensive interaction with the ROK Navy.
Historic cultural links between India and the Republic of Korea have laid the foundation of vibrant bilateral relations between the two countries. These include the growing economic engagements and military-to-military interactions. The first bilateral Defence Dialogue between the two countries was held in 2003 and the first Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue was held in 2005. Maritime interaction has since grown with port visits by warships to each other’s ports. Indian Naval ships last visited Busan in June 2012. The Indian Navy has extended an invitation to the ROK Navy to participate in the International Fleet Review 2016, scheduled to held in February 2016, off the East Coast of India.
The visit of INS Sahyadri is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operability between navies of the two countries. INS Sahyadri is an indigenously built warship of the Shivalik Class. Inducted into the Indian Navy on 21 July 12, the multi-role stealth frigate, boasts of an impressive array of weaponry in her arsenal. Long range anti-ship missiles, medium and short range surface to air missiles augmented by powerful guns of different calibres provide a formidable shield against all types of surface and air threats. The capability to carry two integral multi-role helicopters significantly enhances the potency of this ship. INS Sahyadri, is presently being commanded by Captain Kunal Singh Rajkumar.
During the stay in harbour, various activities aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two navies are planned. These include official calls on local naval and civilian dignitaries, reception on board INS Sahyadri, visits to the ship by local the populace, guided tours for Indian Naval personnel and professional interaction between personnel of both the navies.
On departure, the ship is planned to exercise with ROK Navy ships for improving interoperability in communication as well as Search and Rescue procedures.