Indian Navy deploys Dornier aircraft in Singapore

The Navy today deployed four of its Dornier patrol-cum-transport aircraft in Singapore for a four-day coordinated surveillance in the waters where Indian warships are currently operating.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2010, 19:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The Navy today deployed four of
its Dornier patrol-cum-transport aircraft in Singapore for a
four-day coordinated surveillance in the waters where Indian
warships are currently operating.

"Four Dornier have landed in Singapore and these aircraft
will remain there for four days to carry out surveillance
sorties," a Navy officer said here.

The Dorniers would assist the Indian Navy ships INS Rana
and INS Ranjit, guided missile destroyers, INS Jyothi, a fleet
tanker and INS Kulish, a missile corvette, that are operating
in the waters on their way back home after a month-long
deployment on the eastern seaboard.

"The four aircraft would carry out coordinated
surveillance along with the Indian Navy ships operating in the
waters around Singapore," the officer said.

The ships had during the deployment through May and June
this year visited the ports of Hai Phong in Vietnam in the
South China Sea, Jakarta in Indonesia, Manila in Philippines,
Muara in Brunei, Bangkok in Thailand, Fremantle in Australia
and Port Kelang in Malaysia.

During these visits to the ports, the Indian warships
carried out passage exercises with the navies of these
countries.

The warships, belonging to the Eastern Fleet based in
Visakhapatnam, were sailing under the flag command of Flag
Officer Commanding of the Eastern Fleet (FOCEF) Rear Admiral P
N Murugesan.

These ships are expected to return to the Indian waters
by the end of this month. The Dorniers would return after
their surveillance missions are completed.

PTI