New Delhi: Three Indian naval ships sailed out of Singapore on Thursday to join upcoming Malabar exercise which will be held jointly with the US and Japanese navies off Guam in the Pacific Ocean.
India’s High Commissioner to Singapore Jawed Ashraf said the Eastern Team fleet is continuing India’s commitment and objective to see the oceans remain “peaceful, open space and uncontested”.
“These ships are on their way to MALABAR exercise with the navies of United States and Japan, and one of them, INS Sahyadri, will take part in the ‘RIMPAC’ exercise,” he said.
RIMPAC or the Rim of Pacific Exercise is the biggest maritime warfare exercise involving navies of several countries. It is held by the US Navy biennially in the ocean around Hawaii.
The US-Japan-India joint naval exercise comes amidst flexing of muscles by China in the regional waters.
During the deployment while on MALABAR exercise, the ships will be building partnerships and closer bonds with the navies of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
INS Sahyadri and INS Kamorta as well as tanker INS Shakti, with 730 navy personnel, were in Singapore for three days, interacting with the local Navy.