New Delhi: Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri as a part of “Operational Deployment” to the South China Sea and the North West Pacific region has entered Vietnam on a four day visit commencing 02 Oct 2015.The visit of INS Sahyadri is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing inter-operational ability between navies of the two countries. Indian warships had last visited Hai Phong, Vietnam in August 2014.
INS Sahyadri is an indigenous 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 calibers 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 commanded by Captain kumar Raj Kumar.
During this visit various activities aimed at enhancing co-operation and interaction between the two natives are planned. India and Vietnam have cultural and economic links dating back to the 2nd Century A.D, which were facilitated by maritime trade. In modern times, support during struggle for liberation from foreign rule and subsequent political and cultural exchanges have strengthened this historic relationship. In order to expand this to the security domain, a ‘Security Dialogue’ was instituted in 2003. India and Vietnam signed a Joint Declaration on the ‘Establishment of a Strategic Partnership’ in 2007 as well as a ‘MoU on Defense Cooperation’ in 2009. These have laid the foundation for strengthening maritime cooperation between the two countries.