India sends four warships on eastward deployment
New Delhi: To strengthen relations with
navies in the east, India has sent four of its warships on
eastward deployment for over a month to countries such as
Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
"Guided missile destroyers INS Rana and INS Ranjit, fleet
tanker INS Jyoti and missile corvette INS Kulish are on
eastward deployment. Of these ships, INS Rana arrived in
Jakarta today," Navy officials said here.
The ships, which left India in the second week of May,
will undertake passage exercises with the navies of countries
including Indonesia, Australia and Singapore, they added.
Along with Jakarta, the ships of Navy's eastern fleet
will make port calls at various cities including Hai Phong
(Vietnam), Manila (Philippines), Muara (Brunei), Bangkok
(Thailand), Fremantle (Australia), Singapore and Port Kelang
The ships are sailing under the flag of Flag Officer
Commanding Eastern Fleet Rear Admiral P N Murugesan and are
likely to return by the end of June 10.